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A jumbo-sized asteroid is about to zoom past Earth, and you can live stream it – review geek



NASA doesn't have any photos of Asteroid 2001 FO32, so here's a photo of Eros.
NASA doesn’t have any photos of Asteroid 2001 FO32, so here’s a photo of Eros. NASA

On March 21

, an asteroid the size of a Golden Gate Bridge will zoom within 1.5 million kilometers of Earth, just close enough to see with a telescope. Asteroid 2001 FO32 will be the largest asteroid to be seen on our planet in 2021, and if you don’t own a telescope, you can still follow the asteroid’s journey through the Virtual Telescope Project’s live feed.

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.

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




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