On March 21
An impact with Asteroid 2001 FO32 could cause mass destruction and rippling climate effects on Earth. While not the largest asteroid we’ve encountered, Asteroid 2001 FO32 measures about a mile in length and flies at nearly 77,000 MPH. Fortunately, NASA says we don’t need to worry about Asteroid 2001 FO32 – at least not in another 200 years.
You may have seen headlines about an #asteroid that will fly safely past Earth on March 21. Although this asteroid, known as 2001 FO32, is large, it will sweep past Earth safely from a distance of 1.3 million miles – five times farther than the Moon – and pose no risk of hitting Earth. pic.twitter.com/oZZG5UaFsf
– NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) March 8, 2021
Finding a mile-wide rock more than a million miles from Earth is, of course, like pulling a needle out of a haystack, even with a good telescope. The asteroid will shine much fainter than any star in our night sky, so it’s best viewed via the Virtual Telescope Project’s live feed.
The Virtual Telescope Project live feed starts March 21 at 11 p.m. ET (or March 22 at 4 a.m. if you’re in the UK, where Virtual Telescope Project is located). The live feed is free to watch and will track the asteroid until it is too far to see, which will take a few hours.
Source: NASA via CNET