First glimpse of 'near-miss' asteroid as it passes Earth

Asteroid 2012 DA14 as seen from the Gingin Observatory in Australia. Credit: Nasa

It may not look like much, but this is the asteroid big enough to flatten London that narrowly missed the Earth tonight. The 150ft-wide space rock came as as close as 17,200 miles to Earth's surface.

The asteroid, given the name of 2012 DA14, has been closely tracked since its discovery by a Spanish observatory a year ago.

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Asteroid 'near-miss' with Earth

An asteroid big enough to flatten London has 'narrowly' missed the Earth on Friday night. Experts say it came as close as 17,200 miles to us.