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NASA Says Asteroid of 2,700ft Wide Will Pass Earth Next Week

NASA Says Asteroid of 2,700ft Wide Will Pass Earth Next Week

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An asteroid that could be bigger than the tallest building in the world is due to fly past Earth next week, NASA data shows.

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The asteroid, called 467460 (2006 JF42), is estimated to have a diameter up to 2,755 feet,

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meaning it could be wider than the height of the tallest building in the world: The 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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The space rock will get closest to our planet on Monday, May 9, at about 8:13 p.m. EDT, at which time it is expected to be traveling at a speed of around 25,300 miles per hour according to NASA

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Earth will be completely safe. At its closest point to our planet, dubbed a "close approach" by CNEOS, 2006 JF42 will still be around 3.5 million miles away—more than 10 times the distance between Earth and the Moon.

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In addition, there is no guarantee as to 2006 JF42's size. 2,755 feet is an upper estimation of its diameter; according to CNEOS it may also be as small as 1,214 feet across.

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