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Big Asteroid to Fly by Earth Monday

A big asteroid will fly by Earth on Monday, but NASA says don't worry, everyone will be safe. The asteroid is called 2004 BL86 and it will come about 745,000 miles from Earth, or about three times as far away as the moon. In a NASA press release, Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said, "While it poses no threat to Earth for the foreseeable future, it's a relatively close approach by a relatively large asteroid, so it provides us a unique opportunity to observe and learn more." The asteroid is also interesting because viewers might be able to see it with strong binoculars or backyard telescopes, which is a rare opportunity.

Source: Inform

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