Little Scientists Magazine N.08

Last April, a 1km wide asteroid, known by astronomers as 2014 JO25, flew past our planet at a distance of about 1.8 million kilometres, or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. This is quite close in cosmic standards! Asteroids are small rocky planets which orbit around the sun. Although they are relatively small, asteroids can dangerous when they crash into our planet.