Asteroid 2012 EG5 Close Approach

An asteroid with the size of a passenger jet zoomed near the Earth Sunday, on April 1,2012.

The asteroid, which called 2012 EG5, was closer than the moon when it flew by Earth at 5:32 a.m. EDT (0932 GMT). According to Nasa the space rock is about 150 feet wide (46 meters). The asteroid 2012 EG5 crept within 143,000 miles (230,000 kilometers) of Earth during its closest approach, which is just over half the distance between Earth and the moon’s orbit. The moon typically circles the Earth at a distance of 238,000 miles (382,900 km). Asteroid 2012 EG5 was the third relatively small asteroid to buzz the Earth in seven days. Two smaller asteroids passed near Earth on Monday (March 26,2012).The first object, called asteroid 2012 FP35, came within 96,000 miles (154,000 km) of the Earth. Asteroid 2012 FP35 is just under 30 feet (9 meters) wide, making it about the size of a tour bus. The second asteroid is dubbed 2012 FS35 and crept even closer to Earth, coming within 36,000 miles (58,000 km) when it whipped by the planet. Asteroid 2012 FS35 is even smaller than its predecessor, at nearly 10 feet (3 meters) wide, it’s only the size of a small car. Like asteroid 2012 EG5, those two smaller space rocks on Monday posed no risk of hitting Earth. According to researchers those space rocks were so small they would not survive the trip through Earth’s atmosphere, even if they were aimed at our planet. Asteroid 2012 EG5 was discovered on March 13 by astronomers searching for near-Earth space rocks. Another space rock, the asteroid 2012 FA57, was discovered on March 28 and will fly by Earth on April 4 when it passes at a range just beyond the orbit of the moon.