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Massive asteroid as wide as 8 football fields skims past Earth

Massive asteroid as wide as 8 football fields skims past Earth

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A massive asteroid passed by the Earth on Thursday. While it posed no threat, experts say it came close.

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The asteroid, named 418135, or 2008 AG33, is estimated to be between 1,150 and 2,560 feet in diameter -- as wide as eight football fields and twice as big as the Empire State Building.

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At its closest distance, the asteroid came within 2 million miles of Earth, which, according to NASA, is actually a concern.

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Any object that comes within 120 million miles of the Earth is considered a “near-Earth object”, or NEO, and any fast-moving object within 4.65 million miles is classified as potentially hazardous.

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Thursday's asteroid skimmed past Earth at around 23,300 miles per hour.

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Asteroid 2008 AG33 last flew by Earth in 2015, and NASA says it does so every seven years or so. Its next appearance is expected May 25, 2029.

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