Massive asteroid ‘The Rock’ makes closest pass to earth in 400yrs

Massive asteroid 'The Rock' makes closest pass to earth in 400yrs

An asteroid nicknamed “The Rock” after pro wrestler Dwayne Johnson, due to its massive size, is set to make its closest pass to Earth in 400 years today.

The asteroid, which is travelling through space at about 33 meters per second (73 mph), is estimated to be between 650 meters and 1.4 kilometres in length.

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It will make its closest approach to Earth in 400 years at 13:24 BST on April 19, at a distance of 1.1 million miles – or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.

The asteroid will not come this close to Earth again for at least the next 500 years.



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