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Mile-wide asteroid to make close encounter with Earth

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Measuring 1.1 miles in diameter, it is four times the size of the Empire State Building and as large as Plum Island off the coast of New York.

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, it will make its approach toward Earth, traveling 20 times faster than a speeding bullet.

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No need to panic, however. Asteroid 7335, as it is officially called, will safely pass our planet, missing Earth by about 2.5 million miles, astronomers say.

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Still, it is one of a small number of near-Earth objects, or NEOs, that NASA has labeled as “potentially hazardous.”

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Such objects are defined as asteroids that measure at least 460 feet across and come within 4.6 million miles of Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

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NASA continuously monitors NEOs like Asteroid 7335, assessing any impact risk they may pose.

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