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Asteroid ‘taller than the Empire State building’ heading close to Earth on June 6, according to NASA

Mile-wide asteroid with its own mini moon to swing close to Earth this weekend
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Posted at 3:42 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 16:43:25-04

WACO, TX — An asteroid the size of a stadium and tall as the Empire State Building will zip pass Earth on Saturday, June 6, according to NASA.

It’s estimated to be between 820 feet and 1,810 feet and traveling 11,200 miles per hour. It is expected to approach Earth 3,160,000 miles away.

Scientists don’t think the asteroid will collide with Earth but will keep an eye on it in case it enters Earth’s atmosphere. The closest one is estimated to be within 1,830,000 miles of Earth on Wednesday, June 3.

NASA’s Center for Near Earth Objects is tracking three other asteroids as well that are the size of a plane and the size of a house through this week.

NASA predicts we can expect another visit to our planet in 2024.

For more information, you can visit NASA's asteroid watch page.