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The asteroid, called “2019 OK,” passed about 40,400 miles above Earth’s surface — roughly 5 times closer to Earth than the moon — at 55,000 miles per hour and could have “created localized devastation to an area roughly 50 miles across” if it struck land, according to a NASA news release. “An asteroid of this size coming this close to Earth is a pretty rare event — on the order of about twice a century,” according to Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at JPL.

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