Earth’s gravity bent the trajectory of asteroid C0PPEV1 – also known as 2019 UN13 – as it swept only 3,852 miles (6,200 km) above Africa.

Asteroid C0PPEV1 – now renamed 2019 UN 13 – spotted in the early morning hours of October 31, 2019, by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, and by other observatories soon afterward.

According to simulations, it passed above southern Africa within 3,852 miles (6,200 km) at the moment of closest approach, around 13:45 UTC (9:45 a.m. EDT; translate UTC to your time) on October 31.


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