Asteroid brushes by Earth Monday

10:09 AM, Feb 17, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - Close, but not quite! An asteroid the size of three football fields will brush by Earth Monday. Also known as 2000 EM26, the asteroid is not expected to hit our planet, but you will be able to watch it fly by in an online webcast starting at 7 p.m. MST.

The asteroid is estimated to measure 885 feet in diameter, and is cruising through the atmosphere at 27,000 mph. It will only come within 8.8 lunar distances from earth at its closest point.

A little more than one year ago, on Feb. 15, 2013 scientists were tracking asteroid 2012 DA14 when an unrelated space rock exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia. Buildings in the area were damaged, injuring more than 1,000 people with falling glass.

If you have questions about asteroid impacts, or this specific event you can participate in the live webcast by using the hashtag #asteroid.

Link to webcast: http://bit.ly/1bejlX0

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