AI algorithm discovers ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroid 600 feet wide in #1 for astronomy

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

The nearly 600-foot-wide (180 meters) asteroid has been named 2022 SF289 and is expected to approach 140,000 miles (225,000 kilometers) from Earth. This distance is shorter than the distance between our planet and the moon, which averages 238,855 miles (384,400 km). This is close enough to identify the rock as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA), but that doesn’t mean it will impact Earth in the foreseeable future.

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