House-Size Asteroid Comes Closer to Earth Than the Moon Friday: Watch Live
by Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor
Date: 11 October 2012 Time: 10:40 AM ET
|Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the
Telescope project snapped this image of the near-Earth asteroid 2012
TC4 on Oct. 10, 2012. The asteroid will fly within 59,000 miles of Earth
on Oct. 12.
CREDIT: Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project
The space rock, called asteroid 2012 TC4, is about 56 feet wide (17 meters) and will come within 59,000 miles (95,000 kilometers) of Earth at its closest point when it zips harmlessly by on Friday. That's about one-fourth the distance to the moon.
But you don't have to wait to see live views of the interloping space rock: There are two live webcasts of the asteroid today (Oct. 11). The Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh Space Camera, two groups that offer live telescope views of space via the Internet, will be providing the asteroid imagery.
More - Link >>> http://www.space.com/18013-asteroid-near-earth-flyby-friday-2012-tc4.html
Live Webcasts of Asteroid Fly-by --
Virtual Telescope Project in Italy (Webcast begins 3:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 11)
Link >>> http://www.astrowebtv.org
Slooh Space Camera (Webcast begins 5:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 11)
Link >>> http://www.slooh.com
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