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Football field-sized asteroid set for Earth flyby

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A huge asteroid is set to fly past the Earth at more than 30,000 km per hour on Tuesday.

Near Earth Object 2013 MD8 is between 126 feet and 282 feet long, according to NASA. The space rock will pass Earth at 12:55 pm EST at a speed of 30,418 mph, said in a statement.

However, there is no need to worry about the asteroid, our planet at 15.1 lunar distances, which is about 3 million miles away. Every moon distance is 238,900 miles.

NASA EYES GIANT ‘METEORITE’ CRATER UNDER THE ICE IN GREENLAND

In 2017, a skyscraper-sized asteroid called 2010 NY65 flew past the Earth at about eight times the distance between Earth and the Moon. The Moon is an average of 238,855 miles away from Earth.

In 2016, NASA opened a new office to track asteroids and comets that come too close to the Earth. The Planetary Defense coordination office (PDCO) formalized the agency prior program for detecting and tracking of near-Earth Objects, known as NEOs.

A small piece of an asteroid or comet is also known as a meteor. When it is in the atmosphere of the Earth, is it a meteor or a fireball or shooting star. The pieces of rock that hit the ground, valuable to collectors, are the meteorites.

ASTEROIDS ARE OVERWHELMING THE EARTH FOR ALMOST 300 MILLION YEARS AND NO ONE KNOWS WHY

A recent study showed that, in the past 290 million years, asteroids have struck the Earth at triple their previous rate. Scientists are not sure why.

NASA recently spotted with a huge crater under the ice in Greenland which may be the result of a huge meteorite strike on the Earth.

The crater, which is slightly more than 22 kilometres wide, and buried under more than a mile of ice, one of the largest meteorite impact sites on Earth, if it be proved that the result of a space rock.

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If the newly-discovered crater is the result of a meteorite, it would be the 22nd-largest impact crater found on Earth, according to NASA.

Fox News Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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