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Asteroid To Fly By Earth

Asteroid To Fly By Earth

An asteroid about 885 feet in diameter, or about the length of nearly 3 football fields, is about to fly past earth.

Scientists say there is no threat of 2000 EM26 hitting earth as it whizzes past earth Monday night. During its closest approach, the asteroid will fly about 8.8 lunar distances from Earth, at a speed of about 27-thousand mph.

The fly-by is happening almost 1 year after a space rock unexpectedly exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia, shattering windows and injuring more than 1-thousand people.

Pieces of the Russian meteorite will be awarded to seven gold medal winners at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The asteroid will fly past earth beginning at about 9pm Eastern. It will be broadcast LIVE on-line.

Posted by Karla Marquez


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