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Huge earth-passing asteroid identified as `entirely new beast`

Scientists have discovered that a big asteroid that flew past Earth last month belongs to a new category of space rock, thanks to new radar images captured by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

Huge asteroid about nine Queen Elizabeth 2 ship-lengths in size to flyby Earth today

An asteroid named 1998 QE2 will whiz past Earth on Friday, May 31st, at 4:59 pm EDT (3.25 am IST).

Giant asteroid to flyby Earth on Friday

On Friday, May 31st, at one minute to five in the afternoon (Eastern time), an impressive asteroid named 1998 QE2 will whiz past Earth at its closest approach for the next two centuries.

Asteroid 9 times larger than Queen Elizabeth 2 ship to whisk past Earth on May 31

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will sail past Earth on May 31, getting no closer than about 3.6 million miles (5.8 million kilometers), or about 15 times the distance between Earth and the moon.