Large Asteroid-type Object Photographed Near the Moon 9:14 PM from Southern California – HUGE!

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People in Southern California are screaming reports into various news agencies about a huge asteroid-type object visible near the moon.  Photo below:

The object, which appears as a giant rock in space, is to the upper right of the moon.  It is visible to the naked eye and was photographed by an Apple iphone 5 on March 14 at 9:14 PM Pacific Time (12:14 AM March 15 Eastern Daylight Time) by a person in Southern California.

The photo appears below, click to enlarge the image to full size and resolution.

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When asked about this via telephone, NASA told SuperStation95 it had  “no comment.”

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Below is the image’s EXIF data for authentication purposes:

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Basic Image Information

Target image: http://oi66.tinypic.com/qqu4wg.jpg
Camera: Apple iPhone 5s
Lens: iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
Shot at 4.2 mm
Digital Zoom: 4.995918367×
Exposure: Auto exposure, Program AE, 1/15 sec, f/2.2, ISO 2000
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Date: March 14, 2016   9:14:15PM (timezone not specified)
(3 hours, 25 minutes, 22 seconds ago, assuming image timezone of US Pacific)
File: 1,600 × 1,200 JPEG (1.9 megapixels)
146,297 bytes (143 kilobytes)
Color Encoding:
WARNING: Color space tagged as sRGB, without an embedded color profile. Windows and Mac browsers and apps treat the colors randomly.

Images for the web are most widely viewable when in the sRGB color space and with an embedded color profile. See my Introduction to Digital-Image Color Spaces for more information.
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