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Close call! 'City-killer' asteroid skims closer than the moon's orbit and scientists were as surprised as you

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If it *had* been headed down here, we'd only have had a few HOURS of notice.

(Image source: YouTube screenshot)

A huge and dangerous asteroid appeared and passed extremely close to our planet this week, seemingly "out of nowhere," in the words of one confidence-inspiring astronomer.

The huge rock was as much as 427ft across, give or take, or roughly a tenth of MILE, and basically grazed our path, in astronomical terms.

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