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Closeup PHOTO of hippo-shaped asteroid approaching Earth – RT World News



It's not an Armageddon event, but a big asteroid made a close approach to Earth early on Saturday showing its curves in a NASA photo shoot.

Asteroid 2003 SD220 is its official name, but American space scientists called it "hippo in a river."

The radar images from US spacecraft antennas in California, West Virginia and Puerto Rico revealed that the asteroid has an impressive length of at least 1

.6 kilometers .

It is very slow with a rotation period of about 12 days as it spins as "a badly thrown football." It is called "non-major axis" rotation, which is very rare for Asteroids near the Earth, NASA said.




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The asteroid will slow it down approaching our planet at 01.4am GMT.

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The asteroid will travel further into space and will only return in 2070, when it will approach the Earth somewhat closer, but will not be a real danger either.

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