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NASA radar images show a stadium-sized asteroid falling to Earth during its flight (photos)

NASA radar images show a stadium-sized asteroid falling to Earth during its flight (photos)

An asteroid the size of a sports stadium fell near Earth this month without causing any damage, while NASA's powerful radar system looked on.

Asteroid 2008 OS7 passed by Earth on February 2, 2024, at a safe distance of 1.8 million miles (2.9 million km), about 7.5 times farther than the distance between Earth and the Moon. Although there is no risk of the space rock harming our planet, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) used the advanced Goldstone Solar System Radar (GSSR) to produce a series of images of the asteroid as it passed by us.