ORONO - An asteroid nearly the size of half a football field will be flying past Earth this week...coming closer than any have in several decades.
Discovered last year, this giant rock is traveling at about 20,000 miles per hour. And while at about 35 meters in diameter, we don't have to worry about it striking our planet, it is closer than some of our weather satellites...at a mere 17,000 miles from Earth.
The other side of the world may see the asteroid go by this Friday afternoon. Scientists hope that attempting to bounce radar off the asteroid will allow them to take photos of the mass and use it for future human exploration.