At closest approach Sunday, the 60-foot rock will pass a safe 25,000 miles over New Zealand. Thatís about one-tenth the distance between here and the moon. Itís also beyond the orbit of our highest communication and weather satellites.
NASA said this latest near-Earth asteroid ó called 20214 RC (R-C) ó poses no threat to either the home planet or orbiting spacecraft. A space rock of about the same size blasted through the atmosphere over Russiaís Ural Mountains in 2013, causing considerable damage.
Astronomers in Arizona detected 2014 RC the night of Aug. 31.
Stargazers will need telescopes to see Sundayís flyby. If you miss it, donít worry. It will be back in the neighborhood again one day.
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