2,000-foot asteroid set to fly by scarily close to Earth


A large asteroid is set to whiz by the Earth at an uncomfortably close proximity on April 19, according to a statement released by NASA.

NASA has been monitoring the asteroid, known as 2014 JO25, since it was discovered in May 2014 by astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona.

The roughly 2,000-foot asteroid is currently under observation by NASA's NEO Observations Program in collaboration with the University of Arizona, which monitors near-Earth objects to ensure that none present an immediate threat to the planet.

According to NASA, 2014 JO25 is expected to pass us by at a distance of 1.1 million miles, which is roughly about 4.6 times the space between our planet and the moon.

Although the administration is confident there is no possibility the asteroid will collide with our planet, it says this will still be a very close approach for an asteroid of this size.

2014 JO25's size combined with its reflective surface will likely make it visible to stargazers who possess small optical telescopes.

The best times to catch a glimpse of the rock would be the two nights following its April 19 arrival.

But you better act fast -- the next opportunity to see the asteroid whiz by at this proximity won't be for another 500 years.