AI algorithm detects ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroid 600 feet wide in a first for astronomy

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A new artificial intelligence algorithm programmed to hunt for potentially dangerous near-Earth asteroids has discovered its first space rock.

The roughly 600-foot-wide (180-meter) asteroid has been designated 2022 SF289, and is expected to approach The earth to within 140,000 miles (225,000 kilometers). That distance is shorter than that between our planet and moon, which are an average of 238,855 miles (384,400 km) apart. This is close enough to define the rock as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA), but it does not mean that it will affect Earth in the foreseeable future.

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