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Flyby asteroid big enough to have its own moon

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  • 1998 QE2 will come within 3.6 million miles from Earth
  • Radar imaging shows asteroid has smaller asteroid orbiting
1998 QE2 will come within 3.6 million miles of Earth on May 31, 2013

An asteroid the size of the Golden Gate Bridge will fly by Earth today.

NASA says the closest the big rock called ‘1998 QE2,’ will come to our planet is over three and a half million miles away, about 15 times farther than the moon.

Speaking of which – this asteroid has its own moon.

Radar imaging has shown a smaller asteroid caught 1998 QE2’s orbit.

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