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Asteroid that could wipe out a city is near, but don’t fear

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (AP) – An asteroid big enough to wipe out a city will zip harmlessly between Earth and the moon’s orbit this weekend, missing both celestial bodies.

Saturday’s close encounter offered astronomers the chance to study a space rock from just over 100,000 miles away.

That’s less than half the distance from here to the moon, making it visible through binoculars and small telescopes.

While asteroid flybys are common, NASA said it’s rare for one so big to come so close – about once a decade.

More details on Sunday’s Borneo Bulletin