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Huge asteroid to narrowly miss Earth

11-07-2011 15:46 BJT

Beijing, Nov.7 (People's Daily Online) -- A huge asteroid will pass the Earth on Tuesday at a distance closer than any in the last 35 years, according to various sources.

NASA has confirmed that there is no chance the asteroid will hit the Earth.

An asteroid of a size larger than an aircraft carrier is expected to fly between the Earth and the moon at 7:25 p.m. Beijing time on Nov. 8, 2011. It will miss the planet by about 320,000 kilometers.

NASA's simulation picture showing the asteroid's path.

According to the National Science Foundation of America, it is the first time since 1976 that an object of this size has passed this closely by the Earth.

NASA has confirmed that there is no chance the asteroid will hit the Earth or moon, though it will pass closer than all other large asteroids have done in the past 35 years.

A huge asteroid is expected to fly between the Earth and the moon.

The last time an asteroid flew this close to Earth was in 1976. The next time won't be until 2028.

Computer models showing the path of asteroids for the next 100 years show that there is no chance it will hit Earth during that time.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: People's Daily

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