A close escape for earth -- our planet has dodged an asteroid strike. Scientists say the timing of the fly-by, which came hours after a meteor shower in Russia, was a coincidence.
A meteorite exploded in Russia hours before an asteroid raced past the Earth – at the closest distance for an object its size. But the two events are unrelated, says the European Space Agency's Heiner Klinkrad.
Two comets and two asteroids will pass close to the Earth in 2013. Stargazers can also look forward to solar eclipses in Australasia and Central Africa, as well as the launch of Europe's magnetic field mission, Swarm.
Astronomers say an asteroid has whizzed safely past Earth over the Indian Ocean, as injured Russians recovered from a separate meteor's sonic boom over the Ural mountains. Scientists said the two events were unrelated.
The UN released proposals for a response to the threat of objects from space impacting the Earth. DW looks at the implications of last week's meteorite explosion and what the UN could do for the space industry.
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