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1.8 kilometers wide hazardous asteroid to come close to Earth in May

1.8 kilometers wide hazardous asteroid to come close to Earth in May

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A 1.8-kilometer-wide potentially hazardous asteroid is set to come close to Earth as it passes in its orbit around the Sun.

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The close encounter with Earth is set for the end of this month as the asteroid streaks past at a staggering speed of 47,196 kilometers per hour.

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While the asteroid will swoop past Earth without any harm, Nasa has still classified the alien object as potentially hazardous

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Discovered in 1989 at the Palomar Observatory, the object named 1989 JA can be seen using a binocular as it comes close to the planet's orbit.

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The asteroid will come as close as 40,24,182 kilometers to the planet, which is dangerously close for a flyby by an object.

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The last time it came this close to Earth was in 1996 when the asteroid swept past the planet from a distance of just over four million kilometers.

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