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Asteroid 2014 DX110 Will Pass Between the Earth and Moon today

by Shane McGlaun

A rather large asteroid named 2014 DX110 is set to make a “close approach” to the Earth today. Astronomers say the asteroid will indeed pass between the Earth and Moon. While that sounds frighteningly close to use, it’s actually very far away.

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NASA says that the asteroid passing between the earth and the moon is a “non event.” The asteroid will be 217,000 miles from the Earth at its closest point. That is 9/10ths of the distance from the Earth to the moon.

The asteroid is 90-feet across and will speed by at 33,000 mph. It will be within that cosmically close 217,000-mile range for a while today. If you want to see it you can log into the Slooh.com website for the Canary island telescope to check it out starting at 3:30pm EST.

The asteroid has a 1 in 10,000,000 chance of hitting the Earth during its fly by, which is still 17.5 times more likely than you winning the Powerball jackpot.

[via USA Today]




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