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Asteroid ‘Beast’ to Fly By Earth on Sunday

by Megan Gannon

A new-found huge asteroid, nicknamed “The Beast,” is expected zoom by Earth this weekend.

The asteroid 2014 HQ124, which is the size of a football stadium, poses no chance of hitting Earth in its flyby on Sunday (June 8), and will pass by at a range of three times the distance between the Earth-moon on Sunday (June 8). It was discovered on April 23 by NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, a sky-mapping space telescope.

The mammoth asteroid 2014 HQ124 is about 1,100 feet (352 meters) across, according to scientists with NASA’s Asteroid Watch program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif…

(read more: Discovery News)

illustration via: ESA/P. Carril

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