Mystery object to whizz by Earth Wednesday night

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  • Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010

WASHINGTON: A mystery object from space is about to whizz close by Earth on Wednesday. It will not hit the planet, but scientists are stumped by what exactly it is.

Astronomers say it may be space junk or it could be a tiny asteroid, too small to cause damage even if it hit. It is 10m to 15m wide at most.

NASA says that on Wednesday at 7:47 a.m. EST, (8.47pm Malaysian time), the object will streak by, missing Earth by about 80,000 miles (128,750 km). -- AP

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