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Fraser
2013-Jun-17, 05:20 AM
On the last day of May 2013 asteroid 1998 QE2 passed relatively closely by our planet, coming within*6 million kilometers… about 15 times the distance to the Moon. While there was never any chance of an impact by the 3 km-wide asteroid and its surprise 750 meter satellite, astronomers didn’t miss out on the chance [...]

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profloater
2013-Jun-17, 11:44 AM
does the 1998 part of its name mean it was first seen 1998?
and Wow that looks like a 3km iron sphere!

publiusr
2013-Jun-24, 10:19 PM
The tiny moon seems to be in a comet/Molniy type orbit. I wonder how much thrust it would take to eject that moon from the larger body on another approach...