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Giant Asteroid Buzzes Earth

March 5, 2014

Staff Reports --

March 5 -- A 100-foot asteroid will do a close fly-by of the earth today, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported. Although the object, 2014 DX110, will come closer than the moon, it will pass safely by at about 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

At its closest, the asteroid will be about 217,000 miles from Earth. The average distance between Earth and the moon is about 239,000 miles.

NASA detects such fly-bys about 20 times a year with current detection capabilities, according to a news release.

The space agency's Near-Earth Object Observations Program, commonly called Spaceguard, discovers these objects identifies their close approaches to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to Earth.

JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information about JPL's asteroid watch program, click HERE.

Targeted News Service contributed.

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