Asteroid will Buzz Earth Tonight

Written by The Night Sky Guy on April 7, 2010 – 2:02 pm -

A newly discovered asteroid is about to make a relatively close flyby between our planet and the Moon at 7:06 pm ET Thursday evening. Called 2010 GA6 this 22 meter wide space rock was discovered with ground telescopes at the Catalina Sky Survey in Tuscon, Arizona. Fortunately for Earthlings this asteroid will have no chance of collision with Earth, passing about 359,000 km away at its closest – about 9/10th the distance to our Moon, but it does highlight the need for keeping our telescopes glued on the sky for future hazardous asteroids that are surely lurking in space and may have Earth in their cross-hairs.

According to NASA researchers,  cosmic close calls like this are relatively common. “Fly bys of near-Earth objects within the moon’s orbit occur every few weeks,” said Don Yeomans of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Read the original NASA news announcement


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