An enormous asteroid will safely fly by Earth early tomorrow morning (April 29), and you may watch it strategy our planet in actual time tonight with a free webcast from the Slooh on-line observatory.
Slooh will broadcast stay telescope views of the near-Earth asteroid, referred to as 1998 OR2, tonight (April 28) starting at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT). You may watch it stay right here on Area.com, courtesy of Slooh, or immediately from Slooh.com and its YouTube web page. This webcast will likely be free for anybody to observe, however paid members of Slooh also can tune in at Slooh.com and be part of a so-called “star celebration” on Zoom, the place viewers will have the ability to be part of the dialogue. Slooh astronomers will even be answering members’ questions throughout this “star celebration.”
The one-hour public occasion will begin simply 11 hours earlier than asteroid 1998 OR2 will make its closest strategy to Earth, tomorrow at 5:56 a.m. EDT (0956 GMT). At the moment, the asteroid will likely be about 3.9 million miles (6.Three million kilometers) from Earth, or about 16 instances the typical distance between Earth and the moon.
Whereas asteroid 1998 OR2 poses no risk to our planet at the moment, NASA has labeled it as a “doubtlessly hazardous” asteroid attributable to its massive dimension and the truth that its orbit intersects with Earth’s orbit across the solar. Astronomers have estimated that asteroid 1998 OR2 has a diameter of roughly 1.2 miles (2 km).
“Close to-Earth asteroid ‘1998 OR2’ is humongous — it is 2 km (1.2 miles) in diameter and travelling at an astonishing 19,461 mph,” Slooh astronomer Paul Cox mentioned in a press release. “Slooh members have been monitoring this Goliath of an area rock over latest weeks because it approaches Earth utilizing Slooh’s robotic telescopes within the Canary Islands and Chile,” he added. “There is no likelihood of the asteroid impacting Earth because it whizzes by at a distance of 6,290,365 km (3,908,651 miles) tonight, however that could be a mere stone’s throw in astronomical phrases — particularly for an area rock of this dimension!”
Though it’s hundreds of thousands of miles from Earth, asteroid 1998 OR2’s massive dimension permits telescopes to identify the house rock. Throughout tonight’s “star celebration,” astronomers will use Slooh’s two Planewave 17-inch (432 millimeter) telescopes in Chile and the Canary Islands to seize stay photos of asteroid 1998 OR2.