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Asteroid tracker: NASA confirms biggest asteroid to pass this year will reach 77,000mph

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So even though the asteroid will be more than five times as far as the Moon, astronomers are hoping to get a good look at this relic from the earliest days of the solar system.

Stargazers in the Southern Hemisphere should be able to see FO32 through a moderately-sized telescope of at least eight inches.

NASA said: “The scientific interest in comets and asteroids is due largely to their status as the relatively unchanged remnant debris from the solar system formation process some 4.6 billion years ago.”

Many of the asteroids that swing by our planet are leftovers from the formation of the inner planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.

Asteroid FO32 was first spotted in March 2001 by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) program in Socorro, New Mexico.



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