Asteroid to Come Close to Earth

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.
Erin Thomas

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Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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