Friday, 16 November, 2018

Watch Asteroid 2018 DV1 Zoom Past Earth Today

Watch Asteroid 2018 DV1 Zoom Past Earth Today Watch Asteroid 2018 DV1 Zoom Past Earth Today
Theresa Hayes | 03 March, 2018, 04:27

Very close to our planet, but in ... safety clearance, tomorrow, Friday, 2nd of March, another small asteroid, of a bus-size, will pass through the Earth. The asteroid, which is about 23 feet across (about as wide as an orca is long), will come as close as 70,000 miles (113,000 km) to Earth.

Although today's approach is nearer, it can not be viewed by the naked eye as 2018 DV1 only has a diameter of around 20 to 40 feet.

The Virtual Telescope Project will host a free webcast, led by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi in Ceccano, Italy, for the event.

Asteroid 2018 DV1 was discovered by the Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona.

New data reveal first detected interstellar object to be a rocky, and up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated-perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide.

Calculations show that its last flyby occurred on August 2, 2017, and the next one should be expected this coming February 26, 2019.

Luckily, we get fly-bys like this several times a year which pass without incident.

2018 DV1 will be the 18th known asteroid to flyby Earth within one lunar distance since the start of 2018 and sixth closest. It will pass by at an estimated distance of around 870,000 miles.

However, the 2017 VR12 (which will be observed passing next to Earth on March 7th) has a diameter of approximately 280 meters and the asteroid will pass near the Earth at a distance of 1.4 million kilometers, yet too far to represent any danger for us, even though NASA classified it as a potentially hazardous asteroid. Its size - combined with its flying distance from the Earth - places it in the category of asteroids deemed "potentially dangerous".