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Asteroid, Earth to Miss Each Other by Only 25K Miles Sunday

By    |   Friday, 05 Sep 2014 06:12 AM

An asteroid discovered zooming toward Earth two weeks ago will pass this weekend with merely 25,000 miles between the 60-foot rock and us.

The Associated Press reported NASA as saying this latest near-Earth asteroid – called 20214 RC (R-C) – poses no threat to either the home planet or orbiting spacecraft.

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At closest approach Sunday, the asteroid will pass a safe 25,000 miles over New Zealand. That's about one-tenth the distance between here and the moon. It's also beyond the orbit of our highest communication and weather satellites.

A space rock of about the same size blasted through the atmosphere over Russia's Ural Mountains in 2013, causing considerable damage.

Astronomers in Arizona detected 2014 RC the night of Aug. 31.

Stargazers will need telescopes to see Sunday's flyby. If you miss it, don't worry. It will be back in the neighborhood again one day.

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