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Asteroid the Size of City Block to Pass Over Earth Today

Get out your telescopes.

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First discovered in 2010, Asteroid 2010 WC9, will safely pass within 126,419 miles of the earth, or about half the distance from Earth to the moon, today at 6:05 p.m. EST.

An asteroid of this size only passes this close every decade or so, making this a fairly rare occurrence.

“The asteroid will be moving at a speed of about 28,655 miles per hour when it shoots past the Earth and is the closest this particular asteroid has passed Earth in 300 years,” according to EarthSky.

It won’t be visible to the eye at any point, but with an amateur telescope pointed at the right location and time, it might be bright enough to been seen.

Gigi Foster is a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She's a midfielder on the women's soccer team and is studying ocean sciences.

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