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Asteroid passing Earth: 2014 DX110 will be at least 30 meters wide

The 2014 DX110 will pass inside the orbit of the moon.
The 2014 DX110 will pass inside the orbit of the moon.

An asteroid passing Earth is going to get extremely close. It will actually be close enough to get inside the orbit of the moon, but astronomers still say there will be no danger to anyone on our planet. Yahoo News reported on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, that the asteroid named 2014 DX110 was discovered four days ago, but astronomers know a lot about it already.

It is actually going to pass between the Earth and moon sometime on Wednesday, and the asteroid will be passing Earth at an estimated 217,000 miles away.

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Scientists have revealed that it is close to 30-meters wide and weighs about 16,000 metric tons. It is actually an Apollo asteroid. The reason for its name is that its orbit is larger than Earth's orbit and actually takes the asteroid on a trek that crosses Earth's orbit.

While astronomers have labeled the 2014 DX110 as PHA (Potentially-Hazardous Asteroid), that doesn't mean it's going to hit Earth or bring any danger to humans. It is only labeled as such because of its size and distance to Earth.

Luckily, the moon is not in the pass of the asteroid passing Earth, so there is no danger to that either.

Some have said that if the 2014 DX110 did hit Earth at any point, it would be closer to the same instance in 2013 when the asteroid exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia.

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