Small asteroid to pass close to Earth, NASA says

Asteroid set to make rare close pass by Earth on Friday

Asteroid to make a very close pass by Earth

Scientist had been tracking Asteroid 202 AJ129 for about a year and knowing all along that this medium sized space rock posed no threat to Earth. According to the scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, there is absolutely no chance that the asteroid will impact our planet.

The rocky visitor was first spotted Sunday by the Catalina Sky Survey - a series of three telescopes located in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.

Dubbed as asteroid 2018 CC, it is also speculated to be around 15 and 30 meters in size. It may well be larger compared to the asteroid which entered Earth's atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation that almost slammed into the ground in 2013.

On January 6, an asteroid passed within 1,14,000 miles (1,83,000 km) of the earth. That asteroid was also classified by NASA as "potentially hazardous" as it was nearly 2, 615, 1258 miles away from the Earth during its closest approach.

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Tenagra Observatories in Arizona will use its telescopes to live stream a video of asteroid 2018 CB as it approaches Earth today. It had last passed by Earth on October 31, 2015, and it was at a distance of 480,000 kilometers from Earth. The sun sets just before 5:30 p.m. on Friday, meaning it will still be light out when the asteroid zooms by.

2018 CB will pass within 39,000 miles (63,000 km) of earth, which is less than one-fifth the distance between the earth and the moon. According to they have known about it since it was initially discovered in 2002.

"Maybe only once or twice a year", he was quoted in a press release.

Paul Chodas of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, told The Guardian that asteroids of this size don't often come close to our planet.

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