The newly discovered asteroid 2012 BX34 (whose orbit is represented by the blue line) will come within 0.17 lunar distances of Earth on Jan. 27, 2012, experts say.

It’s a Bus … It’s a Plane … It’s Super-Rock!


An asteroid the size of a bus cruised past Earth at a distance of about 36,000 miles on Friday January 25 with no incident. Even though it came closer than YU55 to our cherished planet, the space rock would have burned up in the atmosphere if it had managed to get that far, astronomers said.

The newly discovered asteroid 2012 BX34 was just under 0.2 lunar distances from Earth, and the 46-foot-wide body was barely visible except to astronomers when it reached its maximum magnitude at about 10:30 a.m., reported.

"Asteroid 2012 BX34 is small, [about] 11 meters/37 ft diameter," NASA's Asteroid Watch tweeted. "It wouldn't get through our atmosphere intact even if it dared to try."

Though nowhere near large enough to colonize, this asteroid gave a bit of a show. It followed asteroid 2012 BS1, which passed 745,000 miles from earth (about three times the distance between the Earth and the moon) on January 23, Fox News reported. That one measured a mere 23 feet wide.

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