Tomorrow’s Asteroid Flyby

An asteroid will pass within 18,000 miles of the Earth’s surface tomorrow, one of the closest predicted asteroid approaches on record. The ability to track and predict the motion of asteroids this small is a recent development, so although close passes like this are relatively common in the long term, it is only now that we can know about them in advance. There is no chance that the asteroid will pose any threat to the Earth itself, and while it will be flying within the range of the many geosynchronous satellites that orbit the Earth, the chance that it will strike any of them is slim. NASA Television and the SLOOH SpaceCamera team will be providing live coverage of the closest approach, which will occur tomorrow at about 2:25 p.m. EST. Read Sky & Telescope for more.

Video: NASA/JPL

 

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