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Giant asteroid to safely miss the Earth today



Media reports of a close shave with a mile-wide asteroid have thankfully turned out to be exaggerated.

Known as asteroid 1999 FN53, the sizable space rock had been generating concern in recent weeks thanks to erroneous news stories claiming that it had been “worrying astronomers” and that it was going to “skim the Earth” later on today.

Now thanks to new images from the Arecibo Observatory however these concerns have been definitively put to rest as it was revealed that the asteroid will pass within 6.3 million miles – a distance equal to 26 times that of the moon’s orbit around the Earth.