On Wednesday, a huge asteroid was caught on video as it flew by Earth at a distance of only 4.3 million miles.
Asteroid 4179 Toutatis is a 3-mile-wide asteroid that would cause catastrophic damage if it ever struck Earth. But researchers say they can rule that out for at least the next four centuries.
The video, which can be seen above, shows Toutatis spinning slowly; NASA describes it as a wobbly football being thrown poorly, according to io9.
The short film is captured through radar images taken in 64 frames on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13. Its resolution is 12 feet per pixel, NASA said in a written statement.
This is not the only close encounter Earth has had in recent months. A smaller asteroid whizzed by Earth on Oct. 12 at one-fourth the distance to the moon.
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