Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Watch asteroid 2014 DX110 safely fly by Earth on March 5, 2014

Via The Watchers, 4 March 2014

Asteroid 2014 DX110 orbit diagram. Image credit: JPL

Newly discovered Apollo class asteroid named 2014 DX110 will safely fly by Earth on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at around 21:07 UTC. The estimated size of this asteroid is 30 meters (98 feet) and it will fly by at a minimum distance of less than 350 000 km (217 000 miles) or 0.9 lunar distances. Its estimated velocity is 14.85 km/s.

Although this asteroid poses no risk to our planet it is yet another shining example of how vulnerable our planet is to these flying space rocks.

We can enjoy this flyby from the comfort of our homes: Virtual Telescope Project will host a live coverage starting at 20:30 UTC on March 5, SLOOH space camera will also have live coverage here.

*Apollo class asteroids are near-Earth objects which cross the Earth's orbit similar to that of 1862 Apollo (a > 1.0 AU; q < 1.017 AU).

1 comment:

the_mesmerizer said...

Thanks for posting it Laron.