An asteroid the size of a house flew right past the Earth this morning in what scientists called a "close miss."
The head of the European Space Operations Center in Germany says large rock was "damn close" to the Earth at a distance of only 26,000 miles away. To understand how close that is, the farthest satellites are only 22,000 miles away and the moon is 239,000 miles away. The asteroid is estimated to be about 45-to-100 feet in size and is flying at a speed of about 16,000 miles per hour. It made its closest pass by the Earth early this morning at around 1:42 a.m. ET.