WEBCAST REPLAY: Close-Shave Asteroid 2014 EC Flies Within 38,000 Miles of Earth
by SPACE.com Staff | March 06, 2014 07:27am ET Asteroid 2014 EC has zipped by Earth during its super-close flyby on Thursday (March 6). See our full story: Small Asteroid Gives Earth a Close Shave, 3rd in 2 Days . It was actually the third close flyby of an asteroid inside the orbit of the moon in the last two days, according to NASA. You can see a video of asteroid 2014 EC’s orbit arount the sun here.
14 EC, which was discovered just Tuesday (March 4), is about half as wide as the asteroid that exploded over Russia in February 2013, injuring about 1,500 people. There is no danger that 2014 EC will hit Earth on this pass, researchers stress; the chances that it will ever strike the planet are currently estimated at 1 in 2.7 million.