Friday, April 14, 2017

"Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19"

Via Drudge:  An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.

"Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size," NASA said in a statement.

Dubbed 2014-JO25 and roughly 650 metres (2,000 feet) across, the asteroid will come within 1.8 million kilometres (1.1 million miles) of Earth, less than five times the distance to the Moon.

It will pass closest to our planet after having looped around the Sun. 2014-J25's will then continue on past Jupiter before heading back toward the centre of our Solar System.

(Link to more)

5 comments:

edutcher said...

Wave as it goes past.

ricpic said...

Fall into a black hole, why donchya.

Methadras said...

If you really want to see a cool flyby, you should look up an app that lets you know when the ISS (International Space Station) is going to fly overhead. Then stand outside, hopefully, have a clear night, and watch it for the minute and a half as you see it streak from one of the sky to the other and disappear into the abyss. It's a cool thing to see.

AprilApple said...

Just a little closer... you'd be doing us a favor!

Trooper York said...

Hey can we bomb it?

I mean that is what everybody wants to do with everything right?