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Giant asteroid the size of a skyscraper to come close to Earth at a distance of 1.7 million miles on Friday.
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Giant asteroid the size of a skyscraper to come close to Earth at a distance of 1.7 million miles on Friday.

A massive asteroid, comparable to the size of a tall building, is set to come within 1.7 million miles (2.7 million kilometers) of Earth this Friday.

Rest assured, there is no possibility of it impacting our planet as it will pass by at a distance seven times greater than the Earth’s distance to the moon.

According to Nasa’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, the space object measures approximately 690 to 1,575 feet (210 to 480 meters) in diameter. This makes it comparable in size to famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building in New York City or the Willis Tower in Chicago.

In 2008, scientists identified an asteroid known as 2008 OS7. It will not return to our vicinity until 2032, but at that time it will be much farther away, approximately 45 million miles.

This week, there will be multiple safe flybys, including three smaller asteroids on Friday and two on Saturday, each only a few yards wide. On Sunday, an asteroid about half the size of 2008 0S7 will pass by at a distance of 4.5 million miles.

Source: theguardian.com