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Near-Earth Asteroids: Famous Space Rock Flybys and Close Calls (Infographic)

Diagram shows how close certain asteroids have passed by the Earth.
Several of the asteroids that have been spotted passing with the orbits of the moon and even Earth's communications satellites. (Image credit: By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

Near-Earth asteroids are space rocks with orbits that bring them uncomfortably close to Earth. NASA and astronomers are constantly on the lokout for potentially dangerous near-Earth asteroids, space rocks that could potentially one day threaten the Earth. 

Several of the asteroids that have been spotted passing with the orbits of the moon and even Earth's communications satellites. Check out some of the most well-known asteroid flybys, in which asteroids have flown close by Earth without hitting our planet or exploding in the upper atmosphere.

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Karl Tate
Karl's association with SPACE.com goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. Starting in 2010, Karl has been TechMediaNetwork's infographics specialist across all editorial properties.  Before joining SPACE.com, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating  news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Karl on Google+.

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