(PIX11) — An asteroid the “size of a house” will narrowly miss Earth as it passes this afternoon, according to NASA.
The space agency said the object, named 2014 RC, will pass over New Zealand at its closest approach about 25,000 miles from Earth, just a tenth of the distance between the Earth and the Moon and close to the band the satellites that orbit Earth at about 23,000 miles.
The asteroid is about the same size as the one that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013, causing widespread damage and injuring about 1,000 people. It measures around 60 feet across.
Astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey, near Tucson, Arizona, first detected the asteroid on Aug. 31 with a telescope used exclusively to detect potentially hazardous near-Earth objects. Experts say it offers an opportunity to research future tracking methods.
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