NEO asteroid nearly the size of the Washington Monument set to zip past Earth.

An asteroid estimated to be roughly 525 feet (160 meters) in diameter, or about 30 feet (9 meters) shy of the height of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., will zoom past Earth early Wednesday (28) morning — though it does not appear to pose any threat.

NASA is tracking an asteroid classified as a near-Earth object, or NEO, named 2013 WV44.

According to the space agency’s website, NEOs are "comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighborhood."

The asteroid is expected to come within 2.17 million miles of Earth around 2 a.m. EDT (6 a.m. UTC), as it hurtles past the third rock from the sun at a speed of about 26,000 mph.

A spokesperson for NASA told Fox News Digital that asteroid 2013 WV44 was discovered in 2013. The asteroid’s orbit is very well known to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and does not pose a threat to Earth.

Source: www.foxnews.com


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