The asteroid will make its closest approach at 1:14 p.m. EDT (1714 GMT) on June 27 and will pass just over 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) above the Earth's surface, NASA officials say. At that particular moment, the asteroid which scientists have named 2011 MD will be sailing high off the coast of Antarctica, almost 2,000 miles (3,218 km) south-southwest of South Africa. Asteroid to Pass Extremely Close By Earth On Monday - Yahoo! News do you think the government or science people would really tell us if the earth was gonna take a direct hit by an asteroid the size of a school bus? what would be left?