Using one of the telescopes of the project “Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System” (ATLAS), in Mauna Loa, Hawaii, astronomers detected an extremely close passage of an asteroid yesterday, Saturday, November 14, and when analyzing its orbit, they They noticed that the space rock had its closest approach the day before, that is, on Friday, the 13th. The asteroid has been dubbed “2020 VT4,” reported the International Astronomical Union. “It is estimated that this space rock passed only 238 miles above the Pacific Ocean, making it the asteroid to pass closest to Earth without disintegrating in our atmosphere,” said Eddie Iriarry of the Astronomical Society of the Caribbean (SAC). The educational entity clarified that it was a relatively small asteroid, between 16 to 36 feet (5 to 11 meters) in diameter.
Source: Asteroid 2020 VT4 breaks record for the closest asteroid flyby