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Asteroid set to pass earth tonight in one of closest encounters ever


Near-Earth asteroid, computer artwork.

No need to panic though – experts say it’s sure to miss Earth (Picture: Getty Images)

An asteroid the size of a bus is predicted to make one of the closest approaches ever recorded tonight.

The space rock will zoom over the southern tip of South America just after midnight (GMT).

Set to come in at only 2,200 miles (3,600 kilometers) above the planet’s surface, experts have noted that it’s a close encounter.

But they have assured people that there’s no need to panic and it’s sure to miss Earth.

Estimated to be between 3.7 and 8.2 metres wide, it couldn’t do too much damage even if it did hit, it’s believed.

It would likely turn into a fireball and largely disintegrate harmlessly in the atmosphere.

Some of the bigger debris would potentially fall as small meteorites.

The asteroid was discovered by G Borisov on January 21.

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