Asteroid Fly-By July 3rd

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  1. An asteroid possibly as large as a half-mile or more in diameter is rapidly approaching the Earth. There is no need for concern, for no collision is in the offing, but the space rock will make an exceptionally close approach to our planet early on Monday, July 3, passing just beyond the Moon's average distance from Earth.

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    The asteroid, designated 2004 XP14, was discovered on Dec. 10, 2004 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR), a continuing camera survey to keep watch for asteroids that may pass uncomfortably close to Earth.

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    The size of 2004 XP 14 is not precisely known. But based on its brightness, the diameter is believed to be somewhere in the range of 1,345 to 3,018-feet (410 to 920 meters). That's between a quarter mile and just over a half-mile wide.


    "Huge Asteroid To Fly Past Earth July 3" by Joe Rao, Space.com 26 June 2006
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20060626/sc_space/hugeasteroidtoflypastearthjuly3
     
  2. let hope it doesnt ping something along the way and gets diverted to here, we will be fcuked big time then