Giant Asteroid To Fly Past Earth Today, Will You Be Watching?

Giant Asteroid To Fly Past Earth Today, Will You Be Watching?

May 31, 2013 Updated May 31, 2013 at 1:26 PM EDT

It's a close encounter of the asteroid kind. Ok, a semi-close encounter when it comes to a fly-by of Earth.

A giant asteroid, about 1.7 miles in diameter, will pass by Earth today and make its closest approach to the planet at 4:59 p.m. Eastern time.

According to Space.com:

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will come within 3.6 million miles (5.8 million kilometers) of Earth at 4:59 p.m. EDT (2059 GMT) Friday — about 15 times the distance from our planet to the moon.

There's no chance the 1.7-mile-wide (2.7 km) 1998 QE2 will hit us, researchers say. That's a good thing, because a strike by such a big space rock would cause catastrophic damage, potentially wiping out our species.


Space.com: Asteroid 1998 QE2 Earth Fly-By: Where and When to See It


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