Huge asteroid will pass ‘extremely close’ to earth TONIGHT in narrowest flyby in 13 years

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A huge peanut-shaped asteroid will safely pass Earth on Wednesday (April 19).

The asteroid closets approach will be when the UK is in daylight (12:30pm), but it could still be spotted with a telescope during the night and will be visible for a few days.

NASA says that the distance the huge piece of rock will pass is extremely close for an asteroid of that size.

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Asteroid 2014 JO25, will come within a distance of 1.1 million miles, about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.

NASA said: “Small asteroids pass within this distance of Earth several times each week, but this upcoming close approach is the closest by any known asteroid of this size, or larger, since asteroid Toutatis, a 3.1-mile asteroid, which approached within about four lunar distances in September 2004,”

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The 10.7 mile-wide space rock will tumble through the constellation of Canes Venatici at almost 3 degrees per hour and should be bright enough to spot if skies stay clear.

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