Around lunchtime an asteroid of up to 3,200 feet in length will fly by the Earth at around 25,000 mph at a distance close enough for it to be classified by NASA as “Potentially Hazardous.”

The asteroid, named 1998 HL1, is expected to pass by Earth at a distance of just 3.85 million miles, which is a safe distance, but is cause for concern because the trajectory of asteroids can change without warning. (This asteroid will fly by at a distance over 16x farther than we are from the moon)

If this sort of stuff intrigues you, The Virtual Telescope Project will begin streaming it live beginning at 11AM. (below)

This asteroid won't get this close again until 2051.

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