Asteroid with ‘city-killer’ potential not seen until very close pass by Earth

Asteroid with ‘city-killer’ potential not seen until very close pass by Earth
Asteroid 2019 OK invades Earth's personal space. Video animation ASAS-SN, Twitter

[Ed. – That’ll give you a warm-fuzzy.  If SMOD is “sweet meteor of death,” do we call such an asteroid SAD?]

A “city-killer” asteroid whizzed by Earth on Thursday, startling astronomers who didn’t pick up the rock’s trajectory until days before it passed the planet, according to a report.

The rock, dubbed Asteroid 2019 OK, passed within 43,500 miles of Earth traveling at a speed of 15 miles a second, the Sydney Morning Herald first reported.

The asteroid, which was estimated to be between 187 feet and 427 feet in diameter, was discovered this week by two astronomy teams in Brazil and the US — and confirmed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

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