End of world (nearly).
The 50-yard wide space rock appeared unexpectedly above London at midnight on Friday.
Travelling at more than 20 miles per second, it missed the Earth by just 480,000 miles - a near miss in astronomical terms. The asteroid, given the name 2000 YA, would have left a crater about 20 times its size if it had struck.
Robin Scagell, of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "If it had hit a built-up area there would have been devastation."
Mr Scagell said that astronomers struggled to keep track of smaller objects such as 2000 YA.
|Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback|
|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Dec 24, 2000|
|Previous Article:||Carey backs Winning.|
|Next Article:||Dance death fears.|