Small asteroid to fly past earth: NASA

October 12th, 2010 - 8:41 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Oct 12 (IANS) A small asteroid will fly past earth early Tuesday within the earth-moon system, but with no probability of impacting earth, NASA has said.

The asteroid, 2010 TD54, will have its closest approach to earth’s surface at an altitude of about 45,000 km at 6:50 a.m., Xinhua quoted NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory ( JPL) as saying Monday.

At that time, the asteroid will be over southeastern Asia in the vicinity of Singapore, the JPL said.

A telescope of the NASA-sponsored Catalina Sky Survey north of Tucson, Arizona discovered 2010 TD54 Oct 9 during routine monitoring of the skies.

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