"THE Earth had a near miss early yesterday when a giant asteroid hurtled past almost as close as the Moon.
The space rock, named 2004 XP14, was travelling at 11 miles per second as it made its nearest approach to the planet at about 5:30am UK time. At that moment it was about 268,000 miles away."
Well, bless my soul! That's a lot less than the distance travelled by Scottish Ministers in their official cars (here):
"The Scottish Executive's fleet of 24 ministerial vehicles travelled 428,000 miles in 2005-6, far enough to cover the 238,000 miles to the Moon and most of the way back."