Giant Asteroid To Narrowly Miss Earth Tonight

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A large asteroid that is measuring 1.7 miles wide is going to be cruising past Earth at 5 p.m. today in what will be its closest approach in nearly 200 years.

Asteroid 1998 QE2, that travels with it’s own 2000 ft moon, will come within 3.6 million miles of Earth, which is about 15 times the distance from our planet to the moon.

Luckily for us, there’s no chance the giant asteroid will hit us but unluckily for star watchers there’s also no way to see the space rock with the naked eye because it will be roughly 100 times fainter that the dimmest star observed under clear and dark skies, according to Fox News.

 Even though the asteroid won’t be putting on a show, it is an extremely good thing that the rock isn’t going to strike Earth.

Astronomers believe that any asteroid bigger than .6 miles wide could end human civilization. To put that in perspective, the meteorite that hit Russia earlier this year was only 55 feet wide while the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago was an estimated 6 miles across.

“It will be fun to actually watch it change position,” said “Astronomy” magazine columnist Bob Berman, who will watch the asteroid at the Slooh Space Telescope and the Virtual Telescope Project.

For more on the story, check out [Time]

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