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Asteroid 'near-miss' with Earth

An asteroid big enough to flatten London has 'narrowly' missed the Earth on Friday night. Experts say it came as close as 17,200 miles to us.

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Asteroid to narrowly miss hitting the Earth

An asteroid big enough to destroy London will narrowly miss the Earth as it flies past tonight, according to NASA.

The 150ft-wide rock has no chance of hitting the Earth scientists say, but it will enter the orbits of more than 100 telecommunication and weather satellites, just over 17,000 miles away from the planet.

The passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system Credit: Reuters/NASA

It is thought it will reach its nearest point to Earth at 7.30pm (GMT) tonight.

The asteroid, 2012 DA14, was discovered by a spanish observatory a year ago.

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