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Asteroid  BO76 LIVE – Nasa says ‘close approach’ of giant space rock

Asteroid  BO76 LIVE – Nasa says ‘close approach’ of giant space rock

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Asteroid 2013 BO76 hurtled past on Thursday at a staggering 30,000 miles per hour, according to Nasa trackers.

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At up to 450 meters across, it's roughly the same size as the Empire State Building.

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It was estimated to by at a safe distance of around 3.1million miles, according to data on Nasa's Near-Earth Object database.

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That's 13 times the gap between Earth and the Moon – a near-miss in space terms.

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The object has been added to Nasa's list of upcoming "Close Approaches" – though it poses no danger to our planet.

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Thousands of so-called near-Earth objects (NEOs) are tracked to provide an early warning if they shift onto a collision course with our planet.

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