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A huge asteroid twice the size of “Statue of Liberty” approaching Earth this week

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Asteroid 441987 (2010 NY65) is approaching Earth and on June 25 it will be at the closest possible distance.

According to NASA, the length of the cosmic body is estimated at 187 meters and the total diameter is 228 meters, twice the total size of the Statue of Liberty in New York. 

Currently, the asteroid named 441987 (2010 NY65) is moving, relative to Earth, at a speed of 13.35 km/s, or 13,300 km / h, and the period of rotation 441987 (2010 NY65) around the Sun is 3685 Earth days.

The asteroid will reach the closest point to Earth, after which it will move away to a distance of more than 15 times that which exists between our planet and the Moon. 

At the point closest to the Earth, the object will be approximately 5.8 million km, that is more than 15 times the distance from Earth to the Moon. 

NASA has stated that neither the size nor the distance to the Earth of the asteroid poses a threat to our planet.

In this case, the cosmic body will be close enough, which is why experts call it an object that is approaching our planet. 441987 was discovered in July 2010 and is still being observed.

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