Golden Gate Bridge-sized asteroid to fly by Earth on May 31sthttp://bit.ly/YMgv34
A 1.7-mile long asteroid, about the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, will pass relatively close by Earth on May 31st, NASA scientists announced today. The asteroid poses no danger to Earth or the moon, as it will only get within about 3.6 million miles' range of our planet (about 15 times further away than the Moon orbits). But it is the closest approach this object will make in the next 200 years, NASA notes, and should give astronomers the opportunity to visualize its surface using ground-based radar telescopes. The asteroid is named 1998 QE2, after the year and specific time period when it was discovered.