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An asteroid (2008 GO20) the size of the Giza pyramid / Taj Mahal that stands between 318-720 feet tall (220 meters) is set to zip by Earth today and it’s hurtling through space at 18,000 miles per hour. Researchers state it may come as close as 2.8 million miles to Earth, which places it in the “Apollo,” the term used for near-Earth designation. NASA is closely monitoring the asteroid’s progress, but considering the moon is 238,855 miles away, there’s not too much to worry about. Read more for a video and additional information.
Venus is approximately 126.11 million miles away and Mars is 236.5 million miles away, so the distance itself is not much to worry about. However, there was an asteroid that passed approximately 1,830 miles over the Indian Ocean in Augist 2020. 2008 GO20’s distance could shrink due to the gravitational pull of planets as it passes through the solar system, but the main concern would be a future collision.
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