Space

Multiple Near Misses For Earth Over Last Couple of Days

Two asteroids passed within 5 million miles of the planet, missing "near"

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Over the past couple of days, two asteroids '2012 XE54' and '4179 Toutatis' passed close to Earth.

4179 Toutatis, a lumpy shaped asteroid which is roughly 3 miles (5 km) long, is classified as a potentially hazardous object (PHO) by astronomers and has passed closed to Earth several times before, in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. PHOs are asteroids or comets with orbits that come within less than 19.5 lunar distances, 4.6 million miles from Earth's orbit (one lunar distance is the distance between the moon and earth).