MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. (WTVA) - A massive asteroid is on track to sail past earth this Friday, and NASA officials say we have nothing to worry about.
The rare space event has caught the attention of many researchers, including experts at Mississippi State University.
The asteroid is called the 19-98 QE2, and is estimated to be more than one and a half miles long.
According to one MSU professor, Dr. Donna Pierce, the rock will travel 15 lunar distances from the earth, or 15 times the distance between the earth and the moon.
Experts say the event will allow researchers to gain more information about the asteroid.
"Well, I am excited for my colleagues who do radar studies of asteroids because this provides them with a wonderful opportunity to characterize the size and shape of this particular object," said Pierce.
Experts say the best time for viewing the asteroid, by special equipment only, is shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday.