WEB EXTRA: Asteroid Comes 'Very Close' to Earth Friday

Updated: 02/14/2013 3:47 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth Friday, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites.

Scientists promise the megarock will be at least 17,100 miles away when it zips past earth.

KSTP.com spoke with University of Minnesota Professor Lawrence Rudnick about the asteroid. He says although the asteroid will be more than 17,000 miles away, it's still 'Very close to us, and it's right in our environment.'

Rudnick says if an asteroid of this size did hit earth, it would destroy a city. He stresses that this asteroid will not collide with earth.

He says Indonesia and Australia are the best spots to view the asteroid, but you would still need a good pair of binoculars.