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Asteroid to pass really close to Earth (VIDEO)

Thursday - 2/7/2013, 11:44am  ET

asteroid (Courtesy of NASA)
NASA says Asteroid 2012 DA-14 will pass by Earth Feb. 15 (Courtesy of NASA)

WASHINGTON - An asteroid about half the length of a football field will pass very close to Earth on Feb. 15.

It's called Asteroid 2012 DA-14 and will pass within 17,200 miles of Earth, roughly one-tenth the distance between Earth and moon.

It's a record-close approach for an object of that size, NASA says.

NASA says there's no chance the asteroid will hit earth.

Here's a NASA animation of the asteroid's trajectory:

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