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October 03, 2003

What was that?

An asteroid about the size of a small house passed just 88,000 kilometres from the Earth by on Saturday 27 September - the closest approach of a natural object ever recorded. Geostationary communication satellites circle the Earth 42,000km from the planet's centre... The asteroid, designated 2003 SQ222, came from inside the Earth's orbit and so was only spotted after it had whizzed by.

Posted by jghiii at October 3, 2003 09:42 PM
Posted by: dave on October 6, 2003 12:36 PM

You seem to have a lot of this space and science stuff on your site often, this is why I was surprised not to see an entry in memorial of "Galileo".
It was kind of interesting why they sent this satellite to its death after 14 years.

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