Despite the fact that an large space rock said to measure nearly 60 by 140 feet will be traveling between the Earth and moon this evening at 33,200 mph, astronomers state that there is nothing to worry about. In fact , the asteroid dubbed 2014 DX110 will miss us by a margin of 217,000 miles, with its closest approach expected to occur around 5:07 EST.
NASA has confirmed that, although it is larger than the meteor that landed in Russia last year, the chances pf DX110 actually hitting any part of our planet is “1 in 10 million.” The Space Agency also noted that 21 asteroids came even closer to the Earth as they zoomed by in 2013. Today’s flyby is expected to take just under eight hours.
The Slooh space telescope spotted the asteroid a few weeks ago according to technical and research director, Paul Cox, adding that “scientists constantly endeavor to discover these potentially hazardous asteroids and sometimes it happens only day before they are set to make their closest approach to earth.”
Slooh is actually a network of land-based telescopes located in observatories on Mt. Teide, Tenrife (Canary Islands), LaDehsa, Chile and Wandong, Victoria, Australia that allows viewers to observe celestial objects and events in real time broadcasts over the internet. Broadcasts also include features from “partner observatories in Hawaii, Arizona, Japan, Dubai and Cypress,” as well as other locations, which are syndicated to several media outlets.
"Every few centuries, an even more massive asteroid strikes us-fortunately usually impacting in an ocean or wasteland such as Antarctica", commented Slooh astronomer Bob Berman.
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