Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Asteroid Cream

A newly discovered asteroid will hurtle through the Earth-moon system on Wednesday night. Asteroid 2014 DX110, discovered only on February 28, 2014, thankfully poses no danger since it will be missing our planet by 218,000 miles (350,837 kilometers). But since it will fly within the orbit of our moon, this makes the mysterious space rock, some 100 feet wide (around 30 meters), potentially hazardous and something that astronomers plan to closely observe.

And if that is not enough celestial excitement, another much larger near Earth asteroid dubbed 2014 CU13 will be sailing past our planet on Tuesday, March 11, only at a much greater distance. The size of an 80-story building, this space-mountain-size rock will be making its closest approach to Earth some eight times farther away than the moon.

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