Giant asteroid to fly past Earth today, will you be watching?

Giant asteroid to fly past Earth today, will you be watching?

May 31, 2013 Updated May 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM EST

It's a close encounter of the asteroid kind. Ok, a semi-close encounter when it comes to a fly-by of Earth.

A giant asteroid, about 1.7 miles in diameter, will pass by Earth today and make its closest approach to the planet at 4:59 p.m. Eastern time.

According to Space.com:

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will come within 3.6 million miles (5.8 million kilometers) of Earth at 4:59 p.m. EDT (2059 GMT) Friday — about 15 times the distance from our planet to the moon.

There's no chance the 1.7-mile-wide (2.7 km) 1998 QE2 will hit us, researchers say. That's a good thing, because a strike by such a big space rock would cause catastrophic damage, potentially wiping out our species.

 

Space.com: Asteroid 1998 QE2 Earth Fly-By: Where and When to See It

 

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