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Asteroid the size of a small island to fly past Earth this Friday

Asteroid the size of a small island to fly past Earth this Friday

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A massive asteroid the size of a small island is set to pass by Earth this Friday, according to NASA's asteroid tracker.

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Designated 7335 (1989 JA), this large asteroid is estimated by NASA to be around 1.8 kilometers wide.

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For context, Plum Island, the small island off the coast of New York, is around 1.6 kilometers wide.

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Heading towards our direction at a speed of around 13.12 kilometers per second,

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this asteroid is set to pass us by at a distance of over 4 million kilometers away, according to the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

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For context, the Moon orbits the Earth at a distance of roughly 384,000 kilometers, so this is considerably farther.

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