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Asteroid set to pass us by on Christmas Eve

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Following on from Halloween’s close encounter, another seasonal asteroid will soon be paying us a visit.
Originally discovered by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search program back in 2003, the 2km-long asteroid known as ‘2003 SD220’ is set to pass us by this Christmas Eve.

Fortunately though it will be keeping its distance and won’t came any closer than 6.7 million miles.

“The 2015 apparition is the first of five encounters by this object in the next 12 years when it will be close enough for radar detection,” wrote NASA astronomer and asteroid expert Lance Benner.
– See more at: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/news/289639/asteroid-set-to-pass-us-by-on-christmas-eve#sthash.s8ARYYEr.dpuf