Yet another house-size asteroid comes closer to Earth than the Moon

A newfound asteroid the size of a house will fly closer to Earth than the moon on Friday (Oct. 12), but poses no danger of impacting our planet, NASA says.

The space rock, called asteroid 2012 TC4, is about 56 feet wide (17 meters) and will come within 59,000 miles (95,000 kilometers) of Earth at its closest point when it zips harmlessly by on Friday. That’s about one-fourth the distance to the moon.

But you don’t have to wait to see live views of the interloping space rock: There are two live webcasts of the asteroid today (Oct. 11). The Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh Space Camera, two groups that offer live telescope views of space via the Internet, will be providing the asteroid imagery.

Signs of the Times http://www.sott.net/article/252266-Yet-another-house-size-asteroid-comes-closer-to-Earth-than-the-Moon

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