A big asteroid will zoom safely past Earth on March 21, NASA says | Space

This is the view from inside the dome of NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility that will be used to study asteroid 2001 FO32 during the March 21, 2021 flyby. (Image credit: UH/IfA)

The largest asteroid to zoom past Earth this year will do so on March 21, NASA says.

Astronomers will get a valuable opportunity to observe a space rock up close as asteroid 2001 FO32 swoops past our home planet on March 21, but the rock won’t come closer than 1.25 million miles (2 million kilometers), NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced today (March 11) in a statement.

“There is no threat of a collision with our planet now or for centuries to come,” the statement read.

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