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Stadium-sized asteroid to pass Earth this week

NASA is tracking a series of asteroids that will pass close to Earth in the coming days.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR/TEGNA) — NASA is tracking a series of asteroids that will pass close to Earth in the coming days.

An asteroid the size of a stadium is expected to pass close to Earth this weekend, but still far enough away to not be an imminent threat.

Asteroid 2002 NN4, which has an estimated diameter of up to 1,870 feet, will be zipping by on Saturday, according to the Center for Near Earth Objects. But it will be more than 3 million miles away -- 13 times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

"In short, 2002 NN4 is a very well-known asteroid with a known orbit that will pass Earth at a (very) safe distance," Ian J. O'Neill of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory wrote, according to USA TODAY.

Other, smaller asteroids are also expected to pass close to Earth this week. None are expected to get closer than three-times the distance from Earth to the moon.

  • On June 3, an asteroid about the size of a plane will pass 1.8 million miles from Earth.
  • On June 4, another plane-sized asteroid will pass about 3.8 million miles from Earth.
  • On June 5, an asteroid the size of a house will pass Earth by about 2.7 million miles.
  • On June 6, there will be two asteroids: Asteroid 2002 NN4, which is the size of a football stadium, will go by Earth at 3.1 million miles; the second is the size of a plane and will be about 3.7 million miles away.

If this sort of news is scary for you, don't go to the NEO Earth Close Approaches site here. It shows asteroids with close approaches on a nearly daily basis.