Asteroid to make fly-by of earth Friday

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Artist's conception of asteroid approaching earth

QE2 is set to sail … at thousands of miles per second.

An asteroid more than 1½ miles long — with the same name as the famous cruise ship — will zoom past Earth this week from a far-off distance.

The big rock is called Asteroid 1998 QE2 officially, and it will make its closest approach Friday. It will keep a safe distance of 3.6 million miles, or 15 times the distance between Earth and the moon. You won’t be able to see it without a powerful telescope.

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