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Watch An Asteroid Called “Pitbull” Fly By Earth On Sunday

The 60-foot asteroid will pass within 25,000 miles of our planet. But don’t worry, it won’t hit us.

Watch An Asteroid Called “Pitbull” Fly By Earth On Sunday
Pitbull, the singer, and blue stage light a perfect analogy for the Asteroid that will pass the blue marble, Earth [Photo: Flickr user Eva Rinaldi]
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Less than one week ago, scientists discovered that a 60-foot asteroid will pass within 25,000 miles of Earth–one-tenth the distance to the moon–on Sunday. Surprise!

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Scientists first saw the asteroid, nicknamed “Pitbull,” on August 31. But don’t worry: NASA says the space rock will not come close to any communications or weather satellites, which orbit around 22,000 miles from our planet.

Pitbull will be nearest to Earth at 2:18 p.m. EDT, when it will be roughly over New Zealand. Though the asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye, NASA and the Slooh Community Observatory plan to livestream the near-approach beginning Saturday at 6 p.m. EDT.

NASA said in a statement, “While this celestial object does not appear to pose any threat to Earth or satellites, its close approach creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids.”

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