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Asteroid coming close Friday: Don't worry, we're safe

Asteroid coming close Friday: Don't worry, we're safe

At its closest approach, the asteroid will be nearly 39,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) from Earth.

Another asteroid is headed our way - the second this week - but there's no need to worry.

On Feb. 15, 2013, an asteroid roughly 17 metres in size lit up the sky over Chelyabinsk breaking up, with a large piece landing in a lake.

The first of this week's close-approaching asteroids-discovered by CSS on February 4-is designated asteroid 2018 CC.

CB 2018 will buzz us at a distance of 69,700km (43,300 miles), which is roughly twice as far as the belt of satellites which orbit Earth in geostationary orbit.

The other asteroid, 2018 CC, passed by the planet on Tuesday at a distance of about 114,000 miles (184,000km).

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Just five years ago a slightly smaller asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere in Chelyabinsk, Russia with the force of a nuclear explosion shattering thousands of windows in buildings and injuring 1,500 people.in the area.

Asteroids this size don't often come this close to Earth but it is not unheard of.

According to the Center for Near Earth Object Studies, more than 90 per cent of the near-Earth objects bigger than one kilometre have been discovered.

Astronomers take these opportunities to learn more about asteroids, such as their composition.

Another asteroid was spotted by the CSS on the same day which jazzed by Earth on Tuesday, February 6. It had last passed by Earth on October 31, 2015, and it was at a distance of 480,000 kilometers from Earth.


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