It looks as if earth has become a shooting gallery for large asteroids lately
By Staff Writer
(INTELLIHUB) — According to NASA, a 90-foot asteroid will pass between the earth and the moon around 4pm eastern time Wednesday, coming about 217,000 miles from earth.
The newly discovered asteroid is expected to pass by safely at nearly 9/10th the distance to the moon.
NASA says the object has a 1 in 10,000 chance of hitting earth.
The asteroid will be that close for about seven hours and will then fly back into space and leave us be.
Such close encounters are pretty par for the course, Johnson said.
“In the last year, 21 small asteroids ranging in size from 1 to 30 meters have come closer to Earth than this,” he said. “The close approach of 2014 DX110 is really a non-event in our eyes.”
But it’s still cool.
Thousands of people are likely to log in to Slooh.com starting at 3.30 p.m. EST on Wednesday to see if the site’s Canary Island telescope picks anything up and chat about what they’re seeing.
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