NASA Tracked Two Near-Earth Objects During Their Recent Close Approaches. One Wasn’t Traveling Alone. | UAP

A pair of near-Earth objects recently tracked by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California have revealed valuable new information about their characteristics, along with information helpful in the effort to defend against threats posed to Earth by close passes of potentially deadly asteroids.

But that’s not all scientists said they learned during the recent close flybys. New images released this week revealed that one of the asteroids wasn’t traveling by itself; it appeared to have another object accompanying it.

A Tale of Two Asteroids

Astronomers first spotted the pair of near-Earth objects in late June. One of them, an asteroid designated 2011 UL21, passed Earth at an innocuous distance of around 4.1 million miles, roughly 17 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. However, the other asteroid, 2024 MK, came as close as just 184,000 miles from Earth at its nearest distance.

Asteroid 2011 UL21 was initially observed back in 2011 by the Catalina Sky Survey, although its recent pass was the first time it had been close enough to Earth to be imaged with radar. With help from the Deep Space Network’s Goldstone Solar System Radar, NASA’s JPL team was able to capture imagery of 2011 UL21, revealing an impressive chunk of space rock that was close to a mile wide.

However, to the surprise of the JPL…

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