KUALA LUMPUR: Asteroid 2004 BL86, which measures about 500 metres in diameter (0.5km) and passes near Earth every 200 years, will appear again on Jan 27 at 12.20am. The National Space Agency (ANGKASA), in a statement today, said the asteroid will be closest to Earth next Tuesday at a distance of about 1.2 million kilometres or about three times the distance from Earth to the moon. “Asteroid 2004 BL86 is expected to reach a visual magnitude of nine and orbit around the Sun at a speed of 56,420km per hour on Jan 26 and 27.
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