A 1,300-foot wide asteroid will miss Earth, according to most astronomers. But countless asteroids, gravity wells and other celestial bodies that shaped its course through the cold reaches of space could have turned this near miss into a total disaster.
This space rock has traveled many light years to reach us, on a trajectory affected by planets, asteroids, space dust and more. It will soon be a mere 201,700 miles from Earth, which is actually closer than the moon.
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