Asteroid Will Pass Closer To Earth Than The Moon Today

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 - 3:17PM
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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 - 3:17PM
Asteroid Will Pass Closer To Earth Than The Moon Today

A 100 ft asteroid is going to buzz Earth today, coming closer to our planet than the moon. Asteroid 2014 DX110 will pass within a butt-clenching 217,000 miles of Earth at approximately 4:06pm EST today, but don't panic, because scientists have confirmed the asteroid poses no threat to us here on the surface.

 

Asteroid 2014 DX110 was only discovered a few days ago and since then tracking programs have been approximating its future fly-bys of Earth. Currently NASA's Near-Earth Object risk page gives DX110 a 1 in 10,000,000 chance of striking Earth in 2046, but the chances are that with more time to observe the asteroid, the possibility of a collision will be revised downwards.

 

You can watch DX110's close pass, live, with Virtual Telescope's live feed.

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