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At 6.5 feet in diameter, it is not considered a "potentially dangerous" near-Earth object (NEO), but the space agency is keeping its eye on it and other asteroids like it, nonetheless.
A car-size asteroid flew within about 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) of Earth on Sunday. Using data from the robotic Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) in California that is created to detect transient objects in the sky that rapidly change in brightness, they spotted the asteroid hours after it made its record-setting pass of Earth.
The asteroid was small - roughly the size of a large vehicle - so would most likely have broken up in the Earth's atmosphere anyway without causing harm. 2020 QG flew past Earth at a clip of about 8 miles per second, according to NASA.
It is the closest any asteroid has flown past Earth without the need of impression on document.
The asteroid has been labelled 2018 VP1 and is anticipated to get near to our earth on November 2, a person working day before the U.S. poll.
Named "2018 VP1", the asteroid is pretty tiny, with an estimated diameter of 1.8 to 3.9 meters, NASA data show.
Their advisor, Professor Varun Bhalerao, said, "It is wonderful to see these students coming from diverse backgrounds and contributing to astrophysics research". The asteroid went by the identifier ZTF0DxQ - but has now been formally entered into NASA's database as 2020 QG. The previous record-holder was asteroid 2011CQ1 - discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey in 2011 - which flew past the Earth 2,500 km higher than the 2020QG.
The International Astronomical Union Minor Planet Center received the students' findings, followed by an observation using several global telescopes that identified the asteroid's orbit and size.