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Space Needle-sized asteroid heading for Earth in close flyby

Space Needle-sized asteroid heading for Earth in close flyby

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A large asteroid nearly the size of Seattle's famous Space Needle is heading for Earth on Monday

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Designated 2017 WN13, this asteroid is estimated to be between 77 meters and 170 m. in diameter.

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For comparison, scientists estimate that a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the infamous "king" of the dinosaurs, grew to around 12.4 meters, meaning at minimum, this asteroid would be longer than six of them.

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For a more contemporary comparison, an Asian elephant can grow to an average of six meters, meaning 2017 WN13 would be at least 13 of them long.

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At maximum length, however, it would surpass the 169-meter-high Washington Monument and would almost approach the Space Needle in length.

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Flying at an estimated speed of 19.5 km. per second, 2017 WN13 is an Apollo-class asteroid, meaning its orbit around the Sun will cross Earth's.

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