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An asteroid larger than some of the world's tallest buildings will zip by Earth Saturday

  • Astronomers don't believe the asteroid poses any danger, but NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies is tracking it.
  • Astronomers at the University of Hawaii used the ATLAS and Pan-STARRS survey telescopes to detect a small asteroid before it entered Earth's atmosphere on the morning of June 22.
  • The asteroid, named 2019 MO, was 13 feet in diameter and 310,685 miles from Earth.
  • The additional images from the Pan-STARRS telescope helped researchers better determine the entry path for the asteroid, which bumped the Scout rating to 4.
  • ATLAS, which is two telescopes 100 miles apart on the Big Island and Maui, scans the entire sky every two nights for asteroids that could impact Earth.
  • Although much of the knowledge of their capabilities and determinations about the asteroid was worked out after the fact, astronomers believe that ATLAS and Pan-STARRS could help predict more in the future.

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