Watch the asteroid that flew very, very close to the Earth today

Earlier today, at 7am BST/2am ET, a small asteroid flew close enough to Earth to buzz the furthest ring of our planet’s communication satellites.

At an estimated 50-100 ft in diameter, this asteroid—named 2012 TC4—flew within 27,000 miles (43,450 km) of Antarctica. Rolf Densing, who heads the European Space Operations Centre, noted that our farthest satellites are 22,000 miles in space. “It’s damn close,” he said. Blink and you’ll miss it here:

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