November 8th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Giant asteroid to pass close to Earth Tuesday

(CNN) - An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier will pass Earth to within eight-tenths of the distance of the moon Tuesday, the closest approach to Earth of an object this size in more than 30 years.

The closest approach will occur at 6:28 p.m. ET when the asteroid passes within 202,000 miles of our planet, NASA said.

The space agency classified the asteroid as a "potentially hazardous object."

If the asteroid were to crash into Earth, it could cause a 4,000 megaton blast and a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, according to scientists at Purdue University. If it fell into the ocean, it could cause a 70-foot high tsunami within 60 miles of the crash site, the experts said.

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  1. egor687

    Why can't someone tell us where this can be seen, what part of the sky, what areas, middle East, europe, USA,
    Not a very good article, no facts other than maybes, ifs and or buts.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |

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