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Science in the news: A near miss nearly missed
Ross, H. 1989.  Facts and Faith 3(2):1-2. CELD ID 6275

On March 23, 1989, an asteroid with the colorful name "1989fc" missed colliding with Earth by a mere 500,000 miles. No one knew about it until a week after the fact, and precious little has been said about it since. I will leave you to ponder why. In the short history of astronomy, the only other object observed to pass so closely was the asteroid Hermes in 1937. An asteroid coming nearer would stand a good chance of smashing into the earth.