Mountain-Size Asteroid to Fly by Earth Monday

January 23, 2015 8:44 PM

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Mountain-Size Asteroid to Fly by Earth Monday

A mountain-size asteroid will zoom past Earth Monday (Jan. 26), marking the closest pass by such a large space rock until 2027.

Asteroid 2004 BL86, which is about 1,800 feet (550 meters) wide, will come within 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of our planet Monday — about three times the distance between Earth and the moon. While this flyby poses no threat to Earth, it does present a rare opportunity to get a good look ...

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