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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

A giant mile-wide asteroid is flying past Earth this week: How to get a glimpse of asteroid 7335 (1989 JA)

Go find a telescope!

A massive mile-wide asteroid — much larger than many space rocks that regularly fly past Earth — will zoom by us later this week.

Asteroid 7335 (1989 JA) is considered a “potentially dangerous asteroid” by NASA, but it will not hit our planet because the rock travels more normally past Earth.

“Despite that characterization, there is nothing to worry about,” said Brian Lada, an AccuWeather meteorologist who focuses on space and astronomy. “It’s close in a cosmic sense, but a safe distance away.”

This asteroid was discovered in 1989, and this week, it will be the closest to Earth since that discovery. The rock would come within 2.5 million miles of our planet – or about 10 times as far from the Moon.

Asteroid 7335 is 1.1 miles across, which is four times larger than the Empire State Building, Lada said. He compared the size of the massive asteroid to that of 350 giraffes.

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