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Monster asteroid to whiz by Earth

(USA TODAY) -- Earth gets a close encounter Monday as an asteroid as big as three football fields whizzes by at 27,000 mph.

The asteroid isn't a threat - it will miss the Earth by 2 million miles. Dubbed 2000 EM26, it's about 885 feet in diameter

Earthlings can watch the fly-by on Slooh.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Slooh is a robotic telescope service that is viewable online.

Asteroid 2000 EM26 will begin its close pass, monitored by Slooh's robotic telescope on Mount Teide in the Canary Islands.

Asteroids are small rocky planetoids that revolve around the sun but are too small to be considered planets.

2000 EM26 was discovered March 5, 2000. You can see a diagram of its orbit from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory here.

The asteroid's passage comes a year and two days after an asteroid ripped through the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia. That asteroid damaged thousands of buildings and was felt over a very wide area. It was about 65 feet across.


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