Asteroid passes Earth closer than moon on Wednesday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - An asteroid passed by Earth on Wednesday, closer than the moon.

Astronomers had said it would pose no danger.

The newly discovered asteroid, called 2014 DX110, hurtled between the moon and Earth around 4 p.m. Wednesday. DX110 passed an estimated 217,000 miles from Earth. That's approximately nine-tenths of the distance between the moon and Earth.

The asteroid is an estimated 45 to 130 feet across.

Relatively close approaches like this occur all the time, although DX110 is extra close.


Here is a look at the relative distances between the Earth, the moon and 2014 DX110...


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