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Asteroid passing Earth Wednesday will be closer than moon

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:39 a.m. HST, Mar 05, 2014



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. » An asteroid is headed this way. But even though it will come closer than the moon, astronomers say it will pose no danger.

The newly discovered asteroid, called 2014 DX110, will hurtle between the moon and Earth on Wednesday. DX110 will pass an estimated 217,000 miles from Earth.

That's approximately nine-tenths of the distance between the moon and Earth.

The asteroid is an estimated 45 to 130 feet across.

Relatively close approaches like this occur all the time, although DX110 is extra close.

Online:

NASA: http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/

Minor Planet Center: http://minorplanetcenter.net/







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serfboy wrote:
I wonder if it will alter the moon's or the Earth's orbit?
on March 4,2014 | 04:38PM
kk808 wrote:
If it affects one it will definitely affect the other.
on March 4,2014 | 06:31PM
bodai808 wrote:
Its 45 to 130 feet across, less than or close to the length of the space shuttle. I don't think it will have any effect
on March 5,2014 | 07:07AM
lokela wrote:
One of these days an impact will happen. Not a matter of if but when. These things are getting closer.
on March 5,2014 | 05:06AM
Mike174 wrote:
Yea, ok. But can we see it??
on March 5,2014 | 06:48AM
1R1E wrote:
YEA, I WAS WONDERING THE SAME THING.. ID LIKE TO WATCH
on March 5,2014 | 06:56AM
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