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SCIENCE SHIP: Asteroid near miss & a rare mineral cache

Last Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 8:22 am MDT

On April 15, an asteroid about the length of a soccer field flew past earth — closer than any other ever recorded.

It passed at about 200,000 kilometres from the upper atmosphere or half the distance of the moon.

But, the troubling part is that no one saw it coming until about a day before it got here.

660’s Jonathan Muma hopped on board the Science Ship with Saint Mary’s University Astrophysicist Dr. Rob Thacker to learn more.

Japan has found what it calls a semi-infinite deposit of rare earth minerals.

It’s located off the east coast in an island chain the in the Pacific.

Dr. Thacker dives in:

Can’t get enough Science Ship? Listen to this week’s full interview:

Check out past episodes of Science Ship here.