11 Oct 2012

On Friday, October 12th, a newly discovered asteroid the size of a house will pass Earth at a distance closer than the moon.  There is no danger of impact, however.

The rock is called asteroid 2012 TC4 and is about 56 feet wide (17 meters) and will pass at 59,000 miles (95,000 kilometers) of Earth at closest approach.  This is a 1/4 the distance to the moon.

You can view the passing live from the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy, which is run by astrophyscist Gianluca Masi, at 5:17 UT on October 12th from their WebTV.  Information can be found here and the webcast will be shown from this link.

Source:  Space.com


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