Asteroid to Pass by Earth on Feb. 15

ImageOn February 15th, 2013, an asteroid will pass closer to the earth than any known asteroid has before.  Don’t worry, the asteroid, which is about 150 feet in diameter, doesn’t have a chance of striking the earth, but it will come closer than some of our satellites.  NASA has been following the asteroid, which has an orbit very similar to earth’s, and they’re excited to study it up close as it comes within 17,200 miles of the earth.  You won’t be able to see it with the naked eye, but if you have a good pair of binoculars or a telescope, you’ll get a good view as it zooms past at about 17,500 miles an hour.

The link below answers many questions about the asteroid:

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/asteroidflyby.html

Happy viewing!

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~ by alanotte on February 4, 2013.

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