Massive Asteroid Will Pass by Earth Today: Watch a Slooh Webcast

An asteroid will make a tighten flyby of Earth currently (April 19), and a Slooh Community Observatory will be tracking a space rock’s tour live. 


During a tighten approach, a asteroid will be roving during about 73 miles per hour (117 kilometers per hour) and will come to within 4.6 times a stretch between Earth and a moon, or about 1.1 million miles (1.6 million km). 

Slooh.com will horde a webcast commencement during 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) display live views of asteroid 2014 JO25 on a day of a tighten pass by Earth. The webcast will also underline Slooh astronomers and other experts, who will plead how a asteroid was detected and how humans could stop a vast asteroid from attack Earth. You can watch a webcast on a Slooh website here. Although a webcast starts during 7 p.m. EDT, a asteroid’s closest proceed will start progressing in a day, during about 8:24 a.m. EDT (1224 GMT). Slooh’s flagship telescope in Spain’s Canary Islands, off a west seashore of northern Africa, won’t be means to see a asteroid during a day. [Photos: Asteroids in Deep Space

You can also watch a webcast on Space.com, pleasantness of Slooh. The Slooh webcast will underline one of Slooh’s unchanging webcast hosts, Gerard Monteux, along with Slooh astronomers Paul Cox and Bob Berman, and Aten Engineering owner J. L. Galache. They will plead a facilities of asteroid 2014 JO25, how it was detected and “how we competence stop an asteroid of this stretch should one be detected on a collision march with Earth,” according to a statement. 

The Aricebo Observatory held this radio picture of a asteroid 2014 JO25 on Apr 17, 2017, as a large, peanut-shaped asteroid neared a closet proceed to Earth.
Credit: Aricebo Observatory/NASA/NSF

Asteroid 2014 JO25 is estimated to be between 2,100 and 4,600 feet (640 to 1400 m) long, according to a matter from Slooh. A statement from a Arecibo Observatory expelled yesterday (April 18) confirms that, during a longest point, a asteroid is 4,270 feet (1,300 m).

Stargazers might be means to see asteroid 2014 JO25 in a night sky with a telescope, according to NASA. The space stone will strech a rise liughtness of about bulk 11. (The brighter an intent is, a reduce a magnitude. Check out this guide to know this liughtness scale.)

The trail of Asteroid 2014 JO25 as it creates a tighten pass by Earth, entrance to within 4.6 times a stretch between Earth and a moon.
Credit: NASA

The final time an asteroid this stretch or incomparable came this tighten to Earth was in 2004, when asteroid Toutatis, a 3.1-mile-long (5 km) space rock, came to within about 4 lunar distances of Earth, according to NASA. The subsequent famous tighten confront with an asteroid in this stretch category won’t occur again until 2027, when a half-mile-wide (800 m) asteroid 1999 AN10 will fly by Earth during only one lunar distance, or about 236,000 miles (380,000 km), according to NASA.

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