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Scientists discover asteroid passing Earth has satellite

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 00:51

May 31 - NASA scientists monitoring an asteroid currently passing Earth have discovered it has a smaller asteroid orbiting around it. Tom Dinham reports.

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1998 QE2, not much to look at, but this asteroid has caused a bit of a stir at NASA. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JET PROPULSION LABORATORY RADAR SCIENTIST, MARINA BROZOVIC, SAYING: "Well it was quite a bit of a surprise. It turns out that 1998 QE2 is a binary asteroid." The discovery that the asteroid has its own moon came on Wednesday when astronomers noticed the asteroid had a smaller asteroid, or satellite, orbiting it. The radar imagery was taken using a 230 foot Deep Space Network antenna in California. A closer look showed the asteroid has a white dot orbiting it, this, NASA says, is it's satellite. The asteroid and its smaller moon were set to pass Earth from a safe distance of 3.6 million miles on Friday.

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Scientists discover asteroid passing Earth has satellite

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 00:51