Yes folks, another close shave. I can’t help but wonder why we’re finding so many of these NEOs lately. Is it because we’re finally taking the time to look? Or are people finally interested because of the near misses this year? Just something to think about.
Asteroid 2013 LR6 is smaller than QE2, about the size of the meteorite that exploded over Russia. The scary thing for me is that we just found this one on June 6th. That gives us a two day heads up. That’s just not enough time.
This one came in closer that the moon, at about 69,000 miles from the earth, whizzing by at 9.8km per second. It was first spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey. Lynn already took a sobering look at the business of searching for and dealing with these potentially hazardous space rocks so I won’t get into that.