By: April Carson
From anywhere in the world with decent internet connection, you can watch a huge asteroid make a safe flyby of Earth. According to Space.com, any asteroid or comet that comes within 1.3 astronomical units (120.9 million miles) of Earth is considered a near-Earth object (NEO).
The asteroid measures almost twice the height of the Empire State Building, according to CBS News. It is about 3,280 feet in diameter — or roughly twice the size of the world's tallest building, according to CBS News.
The Virtual Telescope Project will live broadcast the recently discovered asteroid 2022 ES3, which will pass by Earth just slightly within the orbit of the moon, as part of its monthly show. The broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT) and may be seen in the video feed above or directly from The Virtual Telescope Project.
According to NASA, Asteroid 2022 ES3 is about 40 feet wide (12 meters) and will pass within 207,000 miles of the Earth today. The asteroid was discovered by the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona on March 7, and as is typical for near-Earth asteroid discoveries, the orbit and other information regarding the asteroid's movement and size were made public.
The Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast it live, online, just as the rocket passes. This way, you may follow the trip from the comfort of your own home. Gianluca Masi is the project's creator and is based in Ceccano, near Rome.
According to Newsweek, the asteroid is not deemed "potentially hazardous" because of its size. The asteroid has a measured diameter of 30 to 40 feet (10 to 22 meters) according to NASA JPL's Small-Body Database.
The moon is approximately 238,855 miles (384,400 kilometers) from Earth at its closest approach. The closest the asteroid will come to Earth at a safe distance of roughly 87 percent of the average distance between Earth and the moon is predicted by Masi. The moon is generally about 384,400 kilometers from Earth.
The Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which is in contact with NASA through its partners, monitors asteroids using space telescopes and observations. While the agency has found no immediate concerns, it does conduct asteroid defense tests to be on the safe side.
A good example is the 1,210-pound (550 kg) DART spacecraft, which will crash into a little asteroid called Dimorphos in September or October. The goal is to modify Didymos's orbit around its bigger companion.
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