Earth’s gravity knocked a pyramid-shaped asteroid off its path during a recent ultra-close flyby, NASA images show

Late last month, a giant asteroid larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza appeared flung between the Earth and the Moon at a speed of over 34,000 km/hThe rare, ultra-close encounter allowed astronomers to capture the first-ever images of the space rock, which revealed that the close-to-Earth object had been nudged slightly off course by our planet’s gravity, forever changing the asteroid’s journey around the sun.

The asteroid, named 2024 MK, is about 150 meters across, making it big enough to wipe out a major cityThe “possibly dangerous“The space rock, which has an irregular and elongated shape, was first spotted hurtling toward Earth on June 16 by the NASA-funded Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) in South Africa.

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