NASA captures Earth flyby of 'space peanut'

August 2, 2015 9:49 AM

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NASA captures Earth flyby of 'space peanut'

NASA scientists have captured a peanut-shaped asteroid that approached close to Earth last weekend. The next time an asteroid will approach Earth this close will be in 2054.

The asteroid named 1999 JD6 appears to be a contact binary -- an asteroid with two lobes that are stuck together.

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