Massive asteroid nicknamed ‘The Rock’ to make closest pass to Earth in 400 years

Largest asteroid to come this close to the planet since 2004. (Shutterstock)

An asteroid more than a quarter mile (400 meters) wide will pass close to Earth on Wednesday, zooming by at a distance of just over a million miles (1.8 million km), but with no chance of impact, according to Nasa scientists.

Smaller asteroids routinely make closer passes to Earth, but 2014 J025, discovered in May 2014, will be the largest asteroid to come this close to the planet since 2004, flying by at only about 4.6 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon, 1.1 million miles (1.8 million km).

“We know the time that the object is going to be closest within seconds, and the distance is known within hundreds of kilometres (miles),” Davide Farnocchia, a mathematician at Nasa’s Near-Earth Object program, told Reuters on Tuesday.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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