Today the 1.7-mile wide space rock 1998 QE2 will harmlessly fly by Earth at a distance of 3.6 million miles at 4:59 p.m. EDT. It is much larger than the 150-foot asteroid 2012 DA 14. It was also discovered on May 29th during radar observations of the space rock that 1998 QE2 has a moon. 16% of observed near Earth asteroids have moons. 1998 QE2’s moon is about 2,000 feet across, or many times the size of 2012 DA 14.
You can also tune in on the Internet to watch live coverage of the flyby starting a 4:30 p.m. at http://events.slooh.com
This is the closest pass of 1998 QE2 for the next two centuries. Get more information about 1998 QE2 here:
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