Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Asteroid to Pass Close to Earth; Live Webcast Wednesday Afternoon

The orbital path and position of Apollo NEO asteroid 2014 DX110 just a week prior to disocvery. Credit- Created using NASA/JPL's Solar System Dynamics Small-Body Database Browser.
The orbital path and position of Apollo NEO asteroid 2014 DX110 just a week prior to discovery. Credit- Created using NASA/JPL’s Solar System Dynamics Small-Body Database Browser.

By Glenn A. Walsh
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower

A near-Earth asteroid, about 20 to 40 meters in diameter, will pass close to the Earth Wednesday afternoon. Asteroid 2014 DX110 will pass the Earth at a distance of approximately 216,000 miles from our planet, closer than our Moon.

The Virtual Telescope Project and the Slooh Space Camera will broadcast the asteroid pass, live on the Internet, Wednesday, 2014 March 5 at 3:30 p.m. EST (20:30 Coordinated Universal Time) at the following links:

Virtual Telescope Project - Link >>> http://www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/

Slooh Space Camera - Link >>> http://events.slooh.com/

On the asteroid's next pass of Earth, in 2046, it will be much farther from Earth: 260 million miles.

More information on Asteroid 2014 DX110:
Link 1 >>> http://www.universetoday.com/109997/watch-the-close-pass-of-neo-asteroid-2014-dx110-wednesday-night/
Link 2 >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_DX110

Source: Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss. 

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