Watch an asteroid zip by Earth at around 3pm on Wednesday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A rock measuring about 100 feet across will zip by Earth at around 3pm CST on Wednesday.  NASA reports that the closest the asteroid, 2014 DX110, will get to the planet is about 217,000 miles.  Scientists say this is a safe distance away.  Asteroids safely pass by the planet about 20 times per year.

The asteroid was detected through a NASA program called “Spaceguard.”  According their website, scientists track and characterize asteroids and comets using both ground and space based telescopes.

Learn more about asteroids and near-Earth objects here.