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Speeding Asteroid Spotted Flying Closer to Earth Than GPS Satellite

Speeding Asteroid Spotted Flying Closer to Earth Than GPS Satellite

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The same astronomer who recently discovered a small asteroid just a few hours before it smashed into our atmosphere has spotted another space rock whizzing right over humanity's heads.

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Krisztián Sárneczky announced his discovery on Twitter late Thursday, mere hours before asteroid 2022 FD1

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For some perspective, GPS satellites fly in a medium Earth orbit at an altitude of 12,550 miles.

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The asteroid didn't come close enough to threaten the nearest humans, aboard the International Space Station at an altitude of 250 miles.

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Several other astronomers around the world were also able to observe the asteroid as it buzzed by at over 38,000 miles per hour (61,200 kilometers per hour).

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It appears to be about the size of a refrigerator, just like the asteroid Sárneczky spotted in its final hours before it burned up somewhere over Iceland. 

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