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Stealthy, truck-sized asteroid zipped past Earth on Friday night

Stealthy, truck-sized asteroid zipped past Earth on Friday night

An asteroid the size of a truck zipped past Earth on Friday night, and you probably missed it.

Asteroid 2013 LR6 is 30 feet in length, or a bit more than half the size of the space rock that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February.

It made its closest approach to our planet on Friday night at 9:42 p.m. PDT, according to a release from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. At that time, the asteroid was just 65,000 miles from the Earth's surface, or about a quarter of the average distance between Earth and the moon.

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