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‘Bridge-sized’ asteroid approaching near Earth Tuesday: Follow it

SAN FRANCISCO (CROWN) - An asteroid the size of the Golden Gate Bridge will whiz past the earth on Tuesday.

At its nearest approach, the asteroid will be about 1.2 million miles away from our planet, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The asteroid is named '7482 (1994 PC1)', and you can trace its path toward (and away from) Earth through NASA's asteroid clock map.

The terrestrial asteroid will be close to noon. 13:50 PT, according to NASA, and will certainly pass. You will not be able to see it with the naked eye.

The space rock "is well known and has been studied for decades" by NASA's planetary defense experts, the agency said.

According to NASA, an asteroid is a predominantly rocky object formed closer to the Sun than Jupiter. They are "remnants left from the early formation of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago." Most asteroids tend to be much, much smaller in mass than the Earth's moon.

There are over a million asteroids known to scientists in the solar system.

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