‘God Of Chaos’: Huge asteroid to fly past Earth this weekend

An asteroid the size of three football fields will fly past Earth Saturday morning, giving scientists a look at the massive rock.

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The asteroid, Apophis, named after the Egyptian god of chaos, will pass about 10 million miles from Earth around 1 a.m. ET on Saturday morning.

The best time to see the asteroid is between roughly 12:55 a.m. EST and 1:04 a.m. EST, according to space.com.

“The broad sweep of terrain where the event will be visible extends through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, and perhaps some bordering areas as well,” the website said.

However, if you want to watch the flyby at home, you would need a high-end telescope at least 12 inches in diameter.

The asteroid was discovered in 2004 and it was first believed that it could impact Earth in 2029. Since then, scientists have ruled out a direct hit by the massive rock, saying the asteroid will come very close to the planet in April 2029, but will not impact it.


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