An asteroid zipped past Earth closer than the moon's orbit yesterday -
Oct 18, 2021 55 secs
Elizabeth Howell.

A bus-sized asteroid made a harmless close pass by our planet on Sunday (Oct. 17).

Asteroids are leftover fragments from the early solar system, when our neighborhood was a collection of icy and stony small objects (before the planets were formed).

The agency's Planetary Defense Coordination Office works with other government agencies and a network of partner telescopes to keep an eye on potentially threatening objects, but this asteroid isn't one of them.

Coincidentally, the approach is taking place as asteroids once again are hitting the news in both fact and fiction.

These asteroids have never been visited up close before.

The film follows a long line of fictional movie asteroids threatening the Earth and catalogs some satirical responses by White House officials (and scientists) to the impending problem.

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Elizabeth Howell is a contributing writer for who is one of the few Canadian journalists to report regularly on space exploration.

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