Scientists Discover Just The 4th Known Equal Mass Binary Asteroid

Jul 13, 2018

According to a report by Gizmodo, an asteroid discovered late last year is actually two gravitationally bound objects in orbit around each other, an . The exceptionally rare near-Earth objects, dubbed 2017 YE5, was first spotted by astronomers at the Oukaïmeden Observatory in Morocco in December of last year. 2017 YE5 came to within 3.7 million miles of Earth on June 21, just about 16 times the distance of the Earth to the Moon.