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NASA captures image of asteroid set to fly by Earth

This asteroid will pass by Earth this week. It's roughly the size of six football fields. (Source: CNN) This asteroid will pass by Earth this week. It's roughly the size of six football fields. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - An asteroid roughly the size of six football fields is expected to pass by Earth this week.

NASA captured images of "2014 JO25."  When it comes by the planet, it will be about 1.1 million miles from Earth.

There was no word yet on Thursday whether the asteroid had passed by Earth.

The encounter is the closest the object will have come to Earth in 400 years and will be its closest approach for at least the next 500 years.

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