Newly discovered asteroid to pass ‘very close’ to Earth

This diagram from NASA shows the space rock's projected path. (CNN/NASA)
This diagram from NASA shows the space rock's projected path. (CNN/NASA)

(CNN/NASA) — NASA says a newly discovered asteroid will pass “very close” to earth this weekend. This diagram from NASA shows the space rock’s projected path.

So how close will it come? About 25,000 miles from the Earth, or one-tenth of the distance from the center of the Earth to the moon.

It’s expected to fly over New Zealand at about 2:18 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday. The 60-foot-long space rock won’t hit Earth or any satellites, but the flyby will give astronomers a chance to study it.

Named 2014 RC, the asteroid was first spotted only last month.

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