Binary asteroid 2002 CE26 to safely flyby Earth on September 9, 2014

Asteroid 2014 RC flew past Earth yesterday and left a warning sign in Nicaragua’s capital Managua but there is another and bigger asteroid approaching our planet.Discovered on February 10, 2002, by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) asteroid 2002 CE26 will make a relatively distant approach to Earth within 0.123 AU (18.4 million km) on September 9, 2014. (Echo/JPL)2002 CE26 is a binary asteroid consisting of a primary space rock 3.5 km in diameter and a secondary approximately one-tenth as wide. The most interesting thing is that radar data suggest the secondary space rock might have a moon of its own which, if true, would make 2002 CE26 a triple system.NASA astronomers are pinging the system using the Goldstone radar in the M… »

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Meteorite hits Nicaragua's capital, leaves 12-meter wide crater

A meteorite hit Nicaragua’s capital Managua around 05:00 UTC on Sunday, September 7, and left a 12-meter wide crater in a wooded area near the city’s airport. The meteorite impact was accompanied by a loud boom and a burning smell. There are no reports of injuries.The crater has a radius of 12 meters (39 feet) and a depth of 5 meters (16 feet), according to Humberto Saballos, a volcanologist with the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies.Authorities said they are pretty sure it was a piece of the 20-meter wide asteroid 2014 RC which flew by Earth on September 7th at a distance of about 40 000 km. The closest approach of asteroid 2014 RC to our planet was around 18:18 UTC over New Zealand.Government spo… »

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