In less than 5 minutes (4PM EST), a 100-foot asteroid dubbed Asteroid 2014 DX110 will pass between Earth and our moon at a distance of roughly 217,000 miles.
Not to worry, the distance between our moon and Earth is 239,000 miles.
As always, SLOOH Observatory and The Virtual Telescope Project will be live webcasting the pass.
Due to the asteroid being so small, there’s a possibility the asteroid will not be visible in its pass during the live feed. Image of the asteroid above by The Virtual Telescope Project’s resident astrophysicist, Gianluca Masi, who captured this photo on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014.
You can read more on the asteroid encounter via this article by Space.com, and for all you iPad owners, follow along with the SLOOH iPad app as I will.
This is just another way of
our solar system physical law reminding us to understand our place in space. Here’s Bill Nye on asteroid threats and the importance of a publicly supported, fully funded space program.