Asteroid to safely pass earth on Christmas Eve

Image via Arecibo Observatory/NASA/NSF

(WCMH)– The asteroid will be the closest to Earth on Christmas Eve, but scientists said there is no reason to worry it’ll interfere with Santa.

According to the website Earthsky.org, the large asteroid, known as 2003 SD220, will be more than 6 million miles from Earth’s surface at its closest point.

It is unlikely you’ll be able to see the asteroid unless you are a professional or advanced amateur astronomer.

Image via Arecibo Observatory/NASA/NSF
Image via Arecibo Observatory/NASA/NSF

The asteroid was first discovered in 2003 and is rather large in size at about 1.25 miles long, according to Earthsky.org. The asteroid is also expected to return in 2018.

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