Sunday, June 8, 2014

Big Space Rock Fly By Today

Hey Space Placers!

A BIG space rock, 800-1300 feet across flies by today at 3 times the distance to the Moon or about 770,000 miles.

The big news to me is that this big boy was just discovered by the NEOWISE spacecraft on 4-23-14. If an asteroid-space rock that big were to hit the Earth it would be large enough to destroy a city.

2014 HQ124 has ZERO chance of impact on this pass. More observations will be made to get better precision of the asteroid's orbit which is now known out to the year 2200.

Efforts will be made to try and observe the asteroid using radar since it is passing relatively close. These observations should show us surface detail and how the asteroid is rotating if it is.

Read more about it here.

Sky Guy in VA

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