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Stadium-sized asteroid almost hit Earth

UNDATED (WKRC) – An asteroid the size of a football stadium snaked between the moon and Earth on Saturday.

Scientists learned about 2024 MK, as the asteroid was named, two weeks before it came within 290,000 kilometers of the planet. For comparison, the Moon is about 382,900 kilometers from Earth, but we’re talking about space here, so everything is extremely relative.

Fortunately, scientists believe that the probability of a collision with an asteroid is low, although 2024 MK came relatively close to Earth. NASA has compiled its catalog of dangerous celestial bodies such as large asteroids. The catalog is 95% complete and scientists are quite confident that there will be no threat to the planet in the near future.

“As far as we know, there will be no impacts in the next 1,000 years,” said Oscar Fuentes-Muñoz, leader of a study that reached this conclusion.

2024 MK appeared close behind the extremely impressive asteroid 2011 UL21, which flew by on Thursday. 2011 UL21 is comparable in size to Mount Everest, but only came within 4 million miles (6.4 million kilometers) of it.

These near-collisions with the sky come just before Asteroid Day. Asteroid Day is on Sunday, June 30, the anniversary of an event in Tunguska in 1908 when an asteroid exploded before hitting Earth, destroying a forest.

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