NASA radar images show stadium-sized asteroid tumbling by Earth during flyby (photos)

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A stadium-sized asteroid tumbled harmlessly past Earth this month as a powerful NASA radar system watched.

Asteroid 2008 OS7 passed by Earth on Feb. 2, 2024 at a safe distance of 1.8 million miles (2.9 million kilometers), about 7.5 times farther than the Earth-moon distance. While there was no risk of the space rock harming our planet, scientists with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) used the sophisticated Goldstone Solar System Radar (GSSR) to produce a series of images of the asteroid as it passed by us.

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