Asteroid to rocket past Earth Sunday, NASA says

Asteroid 2014 RC closest to Earth at 11:18 a.m.

A graphic illustration of an asteroid passing by Earth (MGN Online, file)
A graphic illustration of an asteroid passing by Earth (MGN Online, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A small asteroid will be zooming closely by Earth Sunday, according to NASA.

Asteroid 2014 RC is expected to pass by Earth Sept. 7, 2014. (NASA)
Asteroid 2014 RC is expected to pass by Earth Sept. 7, 2014. (NASA)

Discovered last week by a University of Arizona survey project, NASA estimates Asteroid 2014 RC will travel just 25,000 miles from Earth at its closest — much nearer than the moon’s 238,900-mile orbit of the planet.

Source: NASA
Source: NASA

The asteroid, which is an estimated 60 feet in size based on its reflected brightness, should be best seen around 11:18 a.m. PT, when it will be flying roughly over New Zealand.

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The asteroid won’t be able to be seen by the naked eye, though small telescopes should catch it.

NASA experts have all but ruled out 2014 RC making any impact with Earth, but note the planet’s orbit will pull it back around in the future. NASA says it will be closely monitoring its path.

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