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Mammoth mile-long asteroid to make 'close approach' to Earth this week, NASA say

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A giant mile-long asteroid will make a 'close approach' to Earth this week, according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).

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The mammoth asteroid will miss Earth by around 2.5 million miles - or around 10 times the distance between the Earth and the moon.

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NASA has classified the asteroid, named 7335 (1998 JA), as "potentially hazardous" due to its size and close proximity to Earth,

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, meaning the asteroid has the potential to do massive amounts of damage to the planet if its orbit changes and it impacts Earth.

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The asteroid, which is around four times the size of the Empire State Building, will pass Earth at its closest point on Friday, May 27.

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It measures a staggering 1. 1 miles or 1.8 kilometres across.

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