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2 asteroids pass near Earth this week

10 February 2018, 05:58 | Antonio Miles

Asteroid to make a very close pass by Earth

Asteroid set to make rare close pass by Earth on Friday

An asteroid bigger than a city bus is on track to zoom by Earth Friday at a safe but close distance, less than one-fifth as far away as the Moon, Nasa said. After all, it's not every day that a space rock flies this close to the Earth, and scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La CaƱada Flintridge say there is no chance it will impact the planet.

Although 2018 CB could be up to twice the size of that one, this asteroid will be tens of thousands of miles from earth.

Known as 2018 CC, the smaller rock made its closest approach to Earth on 6 February at a distance of about 184,000km (114,000 miles).

It will be the second time this week an asteroid buzzes us.

A newly discovered asteroid that is set to buzz past Earth today could be as large as the asteroid that exploded over Russian Federation five years ago.

Estimated to be between 50 and 130ft (15 and 40 meters) in diameter, 2018 CB has the potential to be double the size of the 17-meter Chelyabinsk asteroid which left 1,000 people injured and damaged thousands of buildings.

Another small asteroid passed within lunar distance this week.

Asteroid 2018 CB that was only spotted five days ago is between 50 and 130 feet in size, according to NASA.

In the meantime, astronomers are looking out for asteroids in the far cosmic reaches.

That was the case at Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15, 2013; the incoming object - an intense fireball as it entered the atmosphere - caught everyone by surprise.

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