Asteroid 1998 QE2 to Make Close Encounter

A 2.7-kilometer-wide asteroid will pass within 5.8 million kilometers of Earth on Friday, May 31, and while it poses no threat to Earth, it will provide a chance to collect scientific information about minor planets.

“Asteroid 1998 QE2 will be an outstanding radar imaging target, and we expect to obtain a series of high-resolution images that could reveal a wealth of surface features,” said radar astronomer Lance Benner at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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