Watch as ‘the Beast’ Asteroid Sails Past Earth This Week

June 5, 2014 5:35 PM

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Watch as ‘the Beast’ Asteroid Sails Past Earth This Week

A giant asteroid will silently glide by Earth this week, a stark reminder of cosmic dangers lurking nearby .

Measuring about 1,067 feet (325 meters) wide, the space intruder nicknamed “the Beast,” more formally known as HQ124, has an estimated width equal to an aircraft carrier (earlier estimates had been even larger). It will be three lunar distances away from Earth at its closest approach on Thursday, so...

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