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End of world (nearly).

AN asteroid capable of wiping out a city narrowly missed the Earth, it was revealed yesterday.

The 50-yard wide space rock appeared unexpectedly above London at midnight on Friday.

Travelling at more than 20 miles per second, it missed the Earth by just 480,000 miles - a near miss in astronomical terms. The asteroid, given the name 2000 YA, would have left a crater about 20 times its size if it had struck.

Robin Scagell, of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "If it had hit a built-up area there would have been devastation."

Mr Scagell said that astronomers struggled to keep track of smaller objects such as 2000 YA.
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