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Home The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other nonimpacting asteroid on record. It was detected by the Zwicky Transient Facility on Sunday, August 15that 11:08pm CT (Saturday, August 15th at 9:08pm PDT). (ZTF/Caltech Optical Observatories) The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other nonimpacting asteroid on record. It was detected by the Zwicky Transient Facility on Sunday, August 15that 11:08pm CT (Saturday, August 15th at 9:08pm PDT). (ZTF/Caltech Optical Observatories)

The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other nonimpacting asteroid on record. It was detected by the Zwicky Transient Facility on Sunday, August 15that 11:08pm CT (Saturday, August 15th at 9:08pm PDT). (ZTF/Caltech Optical Observatories)

The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other nonimpacting asteroid on record. It was detected by the Zwicky Transient Facility on Sunday, August 15that 11:08pm CT (Saturday, August 15th at 9:08pm PDT). (ZTF/Caltech Optical Observatories)

The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other nonimpacting asteroid on record. It was detected by the Zwicky Transient Facility on Sunday, August 15that 11:08pm CT (Saturday, August 15th at 9:08pm PDT). (ZTF/Caltech Optical Observatories)

This illustration shows asteroid 2020 QG’s trajectory bending during its close approach to Earth. The asteroid is the closest known nonimpacting asteroid ever detected. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)