A massive asteroid is heading toward Earth tonight, and it is the size of three football fields. Scientists and astronomers are all agreeing that we shouldn’t be worried, and it holds no immediate threat to the planet. The asteroid will fly about 8.8 lunar distances from Earth around 9pm. But will we see anything?
Sadly, a simple telescope from your backyard will not pick up on the massive asteroid, but you will be able to watch its journey from 9 p.m. EST. Viewers can watch online as a live video image will be streamed from an observatory in the Canary Islands. Commenting on the incredible trip of the asteroid will be astronomer Bob Berman.
Space enthusiasts can go to www.slooh.com for all the coverage. Slooh is a site dedicated to tracking potential hazardous objects like asteroids and comets. The webcast, which is filmed live, will give you all the updates you need to know about this huge asteroid. Other sites like Space.com will also be tracking the asteroid's voyage.
The big event comes almost one year after a meteor unexpectedly exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. This caused mass chaos, destruction and more than injuries. While we cannot predict everything, we know that sometimes things out of our control happen and the effects can be disastrous.
But rest assured, the asteroid tonight, will come and go with no damage to our planet or our lives as we know it. So tonight, make some pop-corn, get under some thick blankets and watch an asteroid’s close pass by us.