An asteroid the size of an airplane gives Earth a close shave today

An asteroid the size of a jumbo jet will have a close combat with Earth today (September 1), which zooms our planet an average of one-third from the Moon.

According to NASA, the asteroid 2011 ES4 will make its closest approach at 12:12 PM EDT (1612 GMT) this afternoon. At that time it would be about 75,400 miles (121,000 kilometers) from Earth. Because the object’s orbit is not well known, it can pass even closer than that, just 45,400 miles (73,000 km) away, NASA said.