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Car-size asteroid to pass close by Earth Wednesday

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 15:43

Washington: U.S. scientists have said that a car-size asteroid will pass near Earth Wednesday, the second space rock in five days to fly near – but pose no threat of hitting – our planet.

According to an alert from NASA``s Asteroid Watch program, the asteroid is called 2011 CA7 and will fly within 64,300 miles (103,480 kilometers) of Earth, reports Fox News.

It is about 9 1/2 feet across (nearly 3 meters) and was discovered by astronomers earlier this month.

The asteroid will make its closest pass by Earth at around 2:25 p.m. EST (1925 GMT), according to the small-body database overseen by NASA``s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.


First Published: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 15:43
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