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City-Sized Asteroid Discovered Just Days Ago Misses Earth

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The Remanzacco Observatory observed the asteroid as it passed by. | Remanzacco

A massive asteroid twice the size of the Titanic, discovered less than a week ago, has missed the Earth after passing close to our planet.

The rock, named 2012 LZ1, had diameter of around 500m and as such was considered 'hazardous'.

It was spotted by Rob McNaught at the Siding Springs observatory in Australia on 10 June.

Some (principally non-specialists…) feared it could have passed dangerously close to Earth - but in fact the asteroid flew past at a distance of about 3.3 million miles.

In the vastness of space 3.3 million miles is quite close - but fortunately it's well outside the orbit of the Moon. In fact it was about 14 times the distance of the Moon to Earth.

Scientists think that when it passes by again in 2016 it will likely miss the planet once more.

Still the object provided some fairly interesting video, if you like blurry camera shots of distant objects - which we've included below.