Asteroid approach: NASA tracks a large rock heading past Earth at 37,000MPH

At its closest, the asteroid will approach the planet from a distance of about 0.00944 astronomical units.

A single astronomical unit measures the distance between our planet and the Sun – about 93 million miles (149.6 million km).

In other words, the asteroid will safely approach us from a distance of about 877,502 miles (1.41 million km).

After the flyby, the asteroid will make a close approach to Mars on May 27 this year. 

The space rock will visit Earth again on January 13, 2026.

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