Large asteroid, ‘The Beast.’ is passing close by Earth

June 6, 2014 12:53 AM

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Large asteroid, ‘The Beast.’ is passing close by Earth

A large asteroid, over 1,000 feet in diameter, is passing by Earth today. Although at three times as far from Earth as the moon it poses no danger to our planet, the object remained undetected until April 23, causing some concern among members of the scientific community.

The asteroid, designated HQ124, was first spotted by the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer. It is as long as a modern aircraft carrier, and is travelling at approximately 31,000 mph.

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