Newly discovered asteroid to pass very close to Earth this weekend

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NASA scientists used Earth-based radar to produce these sharp views of the asteroid designated "2014 HQ124" on Sunday, June 8. - CNN

NASA scientists used Earth-based radar to produce these sharp views of the asteroid designated “2014 HQ124” on Sunday, June 8. – CNN

A newly discovered asteroid will pass “very close” to Earth on Sunday, NASA says.

The space rock is 60 feet (20 meters) in size. It’s expected to fly over New Zealand about 11:18 a.m. PDT.

It won’t hit Earth or any of the thousands of satellites orbiting the planet, NASA says.

It will give astronomers and scientists a chance to study it.

The asteroid won’t be visible to the naked eye but amateur astronomers should be able to see it with telescopes.

The asteroid, called 2014 RC, was discovered Aug. 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona.

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