This composite of 30 images of asteroid 2014 JO25 was generated with radar data collected using NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California's Mojave Desert.
By Lisa Marie Segarra
April 19, 2017

A huge asteroid will fly past Earth at the closest distance it has come in the past 400 years.

The approach, a distance of 1.1 million miles or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon, will also be the closest the 2,000-foot-long asteroid comes for another 500 years, according to NASA.

“Astronomers plan to observe [the asteroid] with telescopes around the world to learn as much about it as possible,” NASA said in a statement.

The asteroid, known as 2014 JO25, is expected to be visible in the night sky after April 19 for one or two nights with the aid of a small telescope.

The agency also said there is no chance the asteroid will collide with Earth.

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