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Surprise! Asteroid wider than 2 football fields barrels past Earth

An asteroid wider than two football fields zoomed past Earth in the wee hours of Thursday (Aug. 4). The asteroid was set to pass at 12:23 a.m. (ET).

NASA astronomers discovered the asteroid, known as 2022 OE2, just days ago, on July 26. The meaty space rock is estimated to measure between 557 and 1,246 feet (170 to 380 meters) wide, which is about twice as wide as an American football field is long. Astronomers also confirmed that 2022 OE2 is an Apollo-class asteroid, which means it orbits the sun and crosses the path of Earth‘s orbit, Live Science previously reported (opens in new tab). (Astronomers know of about 15,000 such asteroids.)

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