Asteroid expected to pass near earth early on Saturday, says NASA

An asteroid between 50 and 130 feet wide will fly by the Earth on Friday on a path closer than the moon's, NASA said this week.

According to NASA, it will make its closest approach to Earth at 10:30 p.m. GMT (5:30 p.m. EST) today.

The "Super Bowl asteroid" garnered a lot of attention when it passed Earth right around the same time the big game kicked off Sunday.

Both of this week's asteroids were discovered by astronomers at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona.

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Just five years ago a slightly smaller asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere in Chelyabinsk, Russia with the force of a nuclear explosion shattering thousands of windows in buildings and injuring 1,500 the area.

It will remain about 64,000 kilometres from Earth, which is less than one-fifth the distance to the Moon.

"Although 2018 CB is quite small, it might well be larger than the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, nearly exactly five years ago, in 2013", he added. The rock exploded in the atmosphere 14.5 miles (23.3 kilometers) above Russia's Chelyabinsk region in February 2013.

Fortunately, the space station said that 2018 CB will "safely pass" Earth.

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At 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, an asteroid named "2018 CC" came within 114,000 miles of Earth.

NASA expects the asteroid to zoom past the United Kingdom at about 10.30pm GMT, travelling at five miles per second.

AN asteroid heading for earth this evening has been described by NASA as "potentially hazardous". It was estimated at 50 to 100 feet in size, JPL said.

While 2018 CB is too small for amateur telescopes, it can be viewed live online with the.

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