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An asteroid with its own moon will go from Earth to night, according to NASA | News



(FOX CAROLINA) – A very large asteroid with its own little moon will pass next to Earth tonight.

This moon and asteroid system, called 1999 KW4, is made up of two rocks. The large one is about 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) wide, according to NASA, and has the shape of a spinning top.

The smaller one is more elongated and extends to 0.35 miles (0.57 km) along its longest dimension. Aim along its much larger twin.

The two asteroids will pass closer to Earth at 7:05 p.m. EDT (1105 GMT), when they will be only 3,219,955 miles (5,182,015 km) from the planet's surface.

That's more than a dozen times the distance between Earth and the Moon in its orbit around our planet, and too far for the space rocks to reach The two asteroids will pass closer to Earth at 7:05 pm EDT (1105 GMT), when they will be only 3,219,955 miles (5,182,015 km) from the surface of the planet.

That's more than a dozen times the distance between Earth and the Moon in its orbit around our planet, and too far for the space rocks to pose a threat.

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