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    Asteroid 1998 QE2 Will Come So Close Tomorrow, Yet So Far Away

    A very large asteroid will pass very close to the Earth on Friday, but it's nothing to worry about. It's only close in astronomical terms, and poses no threat to our planet. So what's all the fuss about? The asteroid, dubbed 1998 QE2, will be a prime target for radar telescopes to study. Those of us with non-radar telescopes might be lucky enough to catch a dim glimpse.

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  2. Space

    Geminid Meteor Shower Will Peak Tonight, Unnamed Shower May Also Appear

    Christmas may not be here for another few weeks, but for astrology astronomy buffs everywhere, today might as well be it. Tonight marks the annual Geminid meteor shower -- named for the Gemini constellation it is conjectured to emanate from -- which will be peaking and boasting an estimated 100 meteors or more per hour. This isn't the only show that will be lighting up the skies tonight. Astronomers predict that the Geminids will be prefaced by a new, unnamed meteor shower. Granted, it won't be as spectacular as the shower to follow, but it's nevertheless managed to pique the collective interest of stargazers.

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