An asteroid the size of the Empire State Building passes near Earth on Friday

An asteroid the size of the Empire State Building passes near Earth on Friday

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Astronomers say a skyscraper-sized asteroid will pass within 1.7 million miles of Earth on Friday.

There is no chance of it hitting us because it will travel seven times the distance from Earth to the Moon.

NASA estimates that the space rock is between 690 feet and 1,575 feet across.

This means that the asteroid could be similar in size to the Empire State Building in New York City or the Willis Tower in Chicago. The asteroid was discovered in 2008.

It won’t return to us again until 2032, but it will be a much farther encounter, still 45 million miles away.

Don’t worry: there’s no chance it will hit us because it will travel seven times the distance from Earth to the Moon.

NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies estimates the space rock is between 690 feet and 1,575 feet (210 meters to 480 meters) across. This means that the asteroid could be similar in size to the Empire State Building in New York City or the Willis Tower in Chicago.

The asteroid was discovered in 2008 and is designated 2008 OS7. It won’t return to us again until 2032, but it will be a much farther encounter, still 45 million miles (72 million kilometers) away.

An asteroid the size of the Empire State Building is set to pass by Earth on Friday. Getty Images/iStockPhoto
An asteroid was discovered in 2008, and researchers believe it is roughly the same height as the Empire State Building AP

The harmless fly-by is one of several encounters this week. Three much smaller asteroids will also orbit Earth on Friday, no more than tens of meters wide, in addition to two other asteroids on Saturday. On Sunday, an asteroid about half the size of 2008 0S7 will pass by, staying 4.5 million miles (7.3 million kilometers) away.


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