Asteroid to pass by Earth closer than moon orbit

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Pasadena, CA, United States (4E) – A 100-foot-diameter asteroid will closely pass by Earth at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday but the space agency NASA said it will be a safe flyby.

The asteroid called 2014 DX110 is predicted to pass just 217,000 miles away from Earth, a distance closer than the moon’s orbit, which is 239,000 miles away, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which handles the agency’s asteroid tracking program.

The asteroid was discovered only on Feb. 28 by astronomers using the space rock-hunting Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii.

Meanwhile, the online Slooh observatory and the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy, will try to offer free live views of asteroid during its flyby starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

An asteroid of 2014DX110′s size can explode like a nuclear bomb if ever it impacts Earth. An asteroid with a similar size to the one that crashed in Tunguska, Siberia, on June 30, 1908. The asteroid exploded 3 to 6 miles above ground with an estimated released energy of 10 to 15 megatons of TNT, according to Wikipedia.

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