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2 asteroids to 'closely' pass Earth

September 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two asteroids are predicted to pass by planet Earth Wednesday within the distance of the moon to Earth.The first asteroid is between 32 to 65 feet in size; the second is between 20 to 46 feet. The asteroids are on different orbits.

The first and largest asteroid will pass Earth at 2:51 a.m. PT Wednesday, according to NASA. The second asteroid will pass at 2:12 p.m. PT.

The first will travel past Earth about 154,000 miles away; the second will pass about 49,088 miles away.

Neither asteroid has a chance of striking Earth.

According to NASA, the asteroids should be observable with "moderate-sized amateur telescopes."

For the NASA schedule and streaming video information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.


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