Big asteroid to zoom by Earth on Jan. 26

January 15, 2015 2:38 PM

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Big asteroid to zoom by Earth on Jan. 26

The 1,800-foot-wide asteroid 2004 BL86 will make its closest approach to Earth for the next 200 years on Jan. 26, 2015. This NASA graphic shows the position of the asteroid in relation to Earth as they will appear on Jan. 19. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A large asteroid about a third of a mile wide will zoom safely by Earth this month, and mark the planet's closest encounter with a space rock of its size until 2027.

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