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100-Foot Asteroid Flies by Earth Without Colliding

NASA/JPL-Caltech This graphic depicts the orbit of asteroid 2013 TX68.

Asteroid 2013 TX68 is expected to fly by Earth 3 more times

Whew!

We can all breathe a sigh of relief. A 100-foot wide asteroid whizzed by the Earth on Monday night and (obviously) avoided a collision with our fair planet.

Asteroid 2013 TX68 made its closest approach to Earth at about 7 p.m. ET Monday, according to Laurie Cantillo, a spokeswoman for NASA.

NASA originally said the yacht-sized asteroid would fly by on March 5, but additional data allowed NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies Propulsion Laboratory (CNEOS) to “get a better handle on its orbital path” and predict that it would pass on March 8.

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NASA was also able to determine last month that…

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