Source: The Mercury, 22 May, 1999, p.25

Just a close shave

IN the cosmic equivalent of a bullet whizzing by 
Earth's ear, a 800m-wide asteroid looks as if it will 
come closer to smashing into our planet than any 
other space rock astronomers have tracked. 
It won't hit Earth, but its arrival on August 7. 
2027, will be a visible reminder that space can be a 
dangerous place. NASA scientists and other astron- 
omers determined this week that the asteroid could 
swing as close as 19,000 miles to Earth's surface- 
only 1/12 the distance between here and the moon.

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