CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) — It’s not going to hit us but a 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth Friday, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size in recorded history.
But don’t worry. Scientists promise the megarock will be at least 17,100 miles away when it zips past.
“No Earth impact is possible,” said Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The Near-Earth Object program detects and tracks asteroids and comets passing close to Earth using both ground and space-based telescopes.
Even the chance of an asteroid-satellite run-in is extremely remote, Yeomans and other scientists noted. A few hundred satellites orbit at 22,300 miles, higher than the asteroid’s path, although operators are being warned about the incoming object for tracking purposes.
“No one has raised a red…
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