Huge Asteroid Up to 1,600 Feet Wide to Pass Earth Just Before Lunar Eclipse

The space rock, known as 2008 TZ3, will come as close as about 3.6 million miles to our planet on May 15 at 9:18 p.m

The asteroid will reach this point shortly before the first phase of a total lunar eclipse is set to begin at 9:32 p.m. ET on May 15.

"2008 TZ3 will fly by at about 15 times the distance of the Moon

 it will be traveling at approximately 18,300 miles per hour relative to the Earth

The CNEOS estimates the asteroid measures between around 720 feet and 1,600 feet

 the rotation period of this particular asteroid is about 39 hours,

"There is a two-year repeating pattern with these close approaches, but the future ones will be increasingly farther

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