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Potentially Hazardous Asteroid to Zoom Past Earth on Thursday: NASA

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid to Zoom Past Earth on Thursday: NASA

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A potentially hazardous giant asteroid is set to zoom past Earth with a 37,400 kmph speed on Thursday, May 5, according to NASA.

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The asteroid, named 418135 (2008 AG33), has an estimated diameter between 350 to 780 metres, revealed NASA’s Centre for Near Earth Object Studies

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NASA defines any space object that comes within 193 million km of Earth as a “near-Earth object” (NEO) and any fast-moving object within 7.5 million km as “potentially hazardous”.

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According to the Centre, as they orbit the Sun, the NEOs can occasionally approach close to Earth.

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However, it explained that a “close” passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometres

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Asteroid 418135 is thus expected to skim past our planet without any risk of impact, Live Science reported.

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