Regularly, we are moved that an asteroid arrives to “graze” the Earth, while it must pass several thousand, even millions of kilometers. But for the asteroid VT4, passed over the Earth on Friday, November 13, the term “grazing” is perhaps not so exaggerated, on a space scale.
Spotted by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) alert system, it is passed less than 400 kilometers above the Pacific. A record according to Universe Today.
The asteroid was the size of a “small house” according to the Astronomy News website. He was only spotted after his passage, the next morning. Indeed, he arrived in a “blind spot of the Sun”, explains the media, which maintains that the phenomenon is common. Before VT4, the record for the asteroid closest to Earth was 3,000 kilometers : named HQ, it passed on August 16, 2020.