In Pictures: The sizzling world of asteroids

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Radar images of 1999 JM8, an unusually large asteroid with a slow rotation rate, reveal the object's bizarre shape as it streaked past Earth in late July and early August 1999 at a close approach of 8.5 million kilometers (5.3 million miles), about 22 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon in 1999.

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