NASA says 23-foot wide asteroid narrowly misses Earth

An asteroid nearly 23 feet wide almost hit Earth last week.

NASA’s Near Earth Object Program announced that the object, a seven-meter wide object known as 2009 VA, passed within about 14,000 kilometers (about 8,700 miles) of the planet on Friday.

Astronomers at the University of Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey noticed the asteroid’s approach about 15 hours before it passed Earth.

The object, which was traveling at about 7.17 kilometers per second, would likely have burned up in the atmosphere, according to a report in the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail.

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