Asteroid will pass 'very close' to Earth on Sunday, NASA says

September 5, 2014 5:02 PM

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Asteroid will pass 'very close' to Earth on Sunday, NASA says

At closest approach Sunday, the 60-foot rock will pass a safe 25,000 miles over New Zealand. That's about one-tenth the distance between here and the moon. It's also beyond the orbit of our highest communication and weather satellites.

NASA says this latest near-Earth asteroid - called 20214 RC (R-C) - poses no threat to either the home planet or orbiting spacecraft. A space rock of about the same size blasted through the atmosphere over Russia's Ural Mountains in 2013, causing considerable damage.

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