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Earth had a close encounter Monday evening as an asteroid as big as three football fields whizzed by at 27,000 mph.

The asteroid was never considered a threat. The closest it came to Earth was about 2 million miles.

Dubbed 2000 EM26, it was a rocky body about 885 feet in diameter

The asteroid's pass was streamed by the astronomy site Slooh.com

The images the site showed came from a telescope located in Dubai. They showed a dark night sky filled with stars but with no asteroid visible.

The technical team at Slooh.com spent Monday night reviewing the images but were not seeing a lot of detail, said technical director Patrick Paolucci.

Astronomers knew the asteroid would be a little fainter than Pluto said Slooh astronomer Bob Berman.

Some watching and commenting on Twitter complained the images were boring.

Others noted that boring was a good outcome. Having an asteroid hit the Earth, while interesting, would have been a very bad outcome, they said.

One watcher commented, Guys... this is astronomy, not a Hollywood film.

Asteroids are small rocky planetoids that revolve around the sun but are too small to be considered planets.

2000 EM26 was discovered March 5, 2000. You can see a diagram of its orbit from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory here.

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The asteroid's passage comes a year and two days after an asteroid ripped through the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia. That asteroid damaged thousands of buildings and was felt over a very wide area. It was about 65 feet across.

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