Asteroid to come about 17,100 feet from Earth

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Scientists say a 150 foot asteroid will make an appearance unusually near to Earth this Friday.

The asteroid, named 2012 DA14, will come approximately 17, 100 miles from Earth's surface. This is the closest an asteroid of this size has come to Earth, according to the AP.

Scientists say there is no concern that the asteroid may hit earth.

"This object's orbit is so well known that there's no chance of a collision," said Donald Yeomans, the manager at NASA's Near-Earth Object program, in a news conference Thursday, reported the AP.

The asteroid will be most visible around 19:26 UST on the 15th. While scientists will want to travel to Indonesia for the best view, casual observers can just use binoculars or a telescope to try and get a glimpse of 2012 DA14, according to the Daily Mail.

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