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Asteroid will be closest near-miss on record

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A 150ft-long asteroid will glide past the Earth later today, making history as the closest near-miss ever recorded.

The asteroid, capable of wiping out London, will travel closer to the earth than a number of satellites. Experts have been tracking the asteroid, called 2012 DA14, for over a year and it will be closest to the earth at 20:30h tonight.

The object will stay at least 27,681km away from the earth. Astronomer and asteroid expert Dan Brown stated that "It will be too faint for the naked eye, but with binoculars it should be visible if you know where to look. It will be seen in the northeastern horizon and will be moving quite quickly”.

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