A newly discovered (on 22nd June 2011) asteroid called “ASTEROID 2011 MD” will pass by earth at a distance of 12000 km ( 7,500 miles ) on 27th June,2011 at 17.14 UTC (10.44 pm IST). 32 times closer than the moon, and closer than some geosynchronous satellites. Size of asteroid is expected to be 13 to 20 meters.
It will get so close to the Earth that the asteroid’s trajectory will be altered by our planet’s gravitational field.
In fact, it will be such a narrow miss that astronomers in the Southern Hemisphere should be able to spot the flyby with fairly modest telescopes.
“We are certain that it will miss us, but if it did enter the atmosphere, an asteroid this size would mostly burn up in a brilliant fireball, possibly scattering a few meteorites,” UK asteroid expert Emily Baldwin, Read full articles at: skymania and news.discovery