Asteroid 2000 EM26 to fly by Earth Monday night at 27,000 MPH

An asteroid the size of three football fields is expected to closely fly by Earth Monday night.

Asteroid 2000 EM26 is traveling at nearly 27,000 miles per hour and poses no threat to Earth, according to experts.

Slooh Space Camera will host a live webcast at 8 p.m. CST and viewers can ask questions via Twitter using #asteroid, the website stated in a press release.

The Slooh webcast will use images of Asteroid 2000 EM26 from its observatory located on Mount Teide in the Canary Islands.

"We continue to discover these potentially hazardous asteroids—sometimes only days before they make their close approaches to Earth," stated Paul Coz, Slooh's technical and research director. "We need to find them before they find us!"

The asteroid is expected to come one year after a 65-foot asteroid injured 1,500 people in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Its nearest approach to Earth will be about 2.1 million miles, according to San Diego State University astronomy professor Jerome Orosz.

"On a practical level, a previously unknown, undiscovered asteroid seems to hit our planet and cause damage or injury once a century or so, as we witnessed on June 20, 1908 and February 15, 2013," Slooh astronomer Bob Berman stated. "Every few centuries, an even more massive asteroid strikes us—fortunately usually impacting in an ocean or wasteland such an Antarctica.

"But the ongoing threat, and the fact that biosphere-altering events remain a real if small annual possibility, suggests that discovering and tracking all NEOs, as well as setting up contingency plans for deflecting them on short notice should the need arise, would be a wise use of resources."

Winners at the Winter Olympics in Sochi are currently receiving medals with small fragments of the asteroid.

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