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Grab Your Telescope: Eros Asteroid Nears Earth

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An image mosaic of the asteroid Eros, taken by the robotic NEAR Shoemaker space probe March 3, 2000. (Photo Courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers)

An image mosaic of the asteroid Eros, taken by the robotic NEAR Shoemaker space probe March 3, 2000. (Photo Courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Astronomy buffs might want to grab their telescopes and head outside Tuesday night to view a huge asteroid making a “close” approach to Earth.

At its closest pass, the 433 Eros asteroid will be 16.6 million miles from Earth making it visible with backyard telescopes, according to UniverseToday.com.

The bright asteroid hasn’t come this close to earth since 1975. But don’t worry; there is no danger of a collision, according to NASA.

Eros will travel across the night sky through Leo, Sextants and Hydra constellations, experts explained.

Eros should remain visible up until Feb. 10th.

It’s not expected to be visible again from Earth until 2056.

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