Near-Earth asteroid will race across winter's constellations on night of January 26

January 23, 2015 11:33 AM

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Near-Earth asteroid will race across winter's constellations on night of January 26

On the night of January 26-27, all astronomers will be keeping a close watch for asteroid 2004 BL86 as it is due to make a fast flyby of the Earth-moon system.

Asteroid 2004 BL86 is half-kilometer-wide asteroid that will sail past safely as it will be well beyond the orbit of our moon. It won't come any closer than 3 Earth-moon distances, which is roughly 1.2 million kilometers from our planet's surface. This distance is enough to keep the earth safe but a...

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