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Asteroid is set for a close flyby of Earth

Will pass within 4.3 million miles

An asteroid named Toutatis that passes by Earth every four years will make its rounds again over the next few days.

The large hunk of rock will get within 4.3 million miles of our planet, roughly 18 times the distance from here to the moon, said Alan MacRobert, ­senior editor at Sky and Telescope Magazine and astronomy columnist for the Globe.

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