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Huge asteroid came very CLOSE to Earth on Monday, says NASA

Huge asteroid came very CLOSE to Earth on Monday, says NASA

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A giant building-sized space rock dubbed as Asteroid 467460 (2006 JF42) has safely passed Earth on Monday, May 9, 2022.

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It was just 3.5 million miles (5.7 million km) away or almost 14 times the Earth-moon distance from us.

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It was close enough for astronomers to study the asteroid using radar.

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According to data from the Center for Near Earth Object Studies at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the flyby of the asteroid is estimated at 1,247 feet to 2,822 feet across, or 380 to 860 meters.

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NASA has classified Asteroid 2006 JF42 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

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As reported by www.space.com, Nasa’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office monitors the sky with telescopes and keeps a track of prominent upcoming flybys

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