A massive asteroid is approaching Earth, but luckily it won’t come close enough to do any damage – or even come near hitting our planet. Astronomers though are noting that this is one of the larger asteroids that have ever swung by Earth at any pace, and this one in particular will be packing quite a speed, quite a size, and should offer a decent show for those looking to witness the passing rock. That being said, the asteroid measures in at 1,800 feet in width and will be traveling by Earth at a distance of 745,000 miles. While that might seem far away, it’s only about three times the distance between the Earth and moon. Even more impressive is the fact that this asteroid is traveling at roughly 35,000 mph.
NASA is calling the asteroid 2004 BL86 and are saying that this will be the closest approach of any asteroid for the next 200 years. That being said though, astronomers have said that there will be another approach in 2027 by another large asteroid – but that one will not come near to the size and stature of this particular space rock. Originally discovered in 2004, NASA has said that it will be visible to those individuals in North America with a telescope or binoculars even.
Those who are looking to see this asteroid make its close approach on Monday will have to look in the sky at a pretty particular time. TheWatchers have said that it will be brightest between 11.07pm and 11:52pm on the East Coast. And for those who wanted to take a look at the asteroid with the naked eye – prepare to be disappointed.
Unfortunately, it will not be close enough or bright enough to be seen with the naked eye, and will require some added visual assistance, whether that’s a telescope or strong binoculars.
A few websites will be showing the approach live online and will be streaming that event as its happening. However, that will begin when the asteroid is at its closest point to Earth – at 11am EST on Monday.