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Dark, Massive Asteroid to Fly by Earth on May 31

Dark, Massive Asteroid to Fly by Earth on May 31

By Deborah Netburn
May 17, 2013, 7:00 a.m.

It's 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby.

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest pass to Earth on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. PDT.

Scientists are not sure where this unusually large space rock, which was discovered 15 years ago, originated from. But the mysterious sooty substance on its surface could indicate it may be the result of a comet that flew too close to the sun, said Amy Mainzer, who tracks near-Earth objects at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. It might also have leaked out of the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, she said.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-ast...

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wonder why..

I really wonder why so many asteroids/commits are coming so close to earth with in the past year or so.. I have tried to read things on it but mostly pulls up information on a binary star or nibiru. Any thoughts?