Asteroids are zipping past Earth all the time, however we have actually got an unique one turning up. Asteroid 1998 HL1 will show up to some amateur telescopes, however you can seek to the Virtual Telescope Task to bring it best to your eyeballs with a livestream on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. PT.
The asteroid’s see will bring it within a cosmically close however still very safe 3.8 million miles (6.2 million kilometers) of Earth. HL1 is categorized as “possibly dangerous” thanks to what NASA calls the “possible to make threatening close methods to the Earth.”
No requirement to panic, however. HL1 will not get this close once again up until 2051, and even then it’s still not anticipated to strike us.
The Virtual Telescope Task is currently tracking HL1 and produced a cool animation of the asteroid trucking throughout area on Oct.21 The asteroid looks like a brilliant point moving versus a background of stars.
Asteroid 1998 HL1 is approximated to be in between 1,400 and 3,200 feet in size (440 and 990 meters). That implies it might possibly be as long as Navy Pier in Chicago. It’s a good idea it’s on track to miss us.
Make sure to inform it “Safe takes a trip!” when it zips on Friday.