Watch an Asteroid the Size of Three Football Fields Rush Past Earth
Near-Earth asteroid 2000 EM26 is one of the thousands that fly by Earth each year, and it will cruise by us tonight, broadcast online at both Space.com and the Slooh Space Camera.
The flyby comes almost a year to the day after the one that slammed into Earth’s atmosphere over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on February 15, 2013.
Flying nearly nine lunar distances away, 2000 EM26 poses no threat to Earth, according to Space.com. Slooh will broadcast the flyby starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 17, Space.com said. Its 885-foot diameter makes the asteroid about as large as three football fields. It is whipping along at 27,000 mph, Space.com says.
Asteroids fly past Earth all the time, and space agencies worldwide are increasingly pressuring the international community to get better detection programs in place.
"We continue to discover these potentially hazardous asteroids—sometimes only days before they make their close approaches to Earth," Slooh's technical and research director, Paul Cox said in a statement. "Slooh’s asteroid research campaign is gathering momentum with Slooh members using the Slooh robotic telescopes to monitor this huge population of potentially hazardous space rocks. We need to find them before they find us!"
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