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Monday, January 26, 2015

ASTEROID 2004 BL86 - A Potentially Hazardous Asteroid And Massive Zips Past Earth Today

On Monday January 26, 2015 a space rock a size of a mountain will zip past the Earth at 745,000 miles or 1.2 million kilometers which is about 3 lunar distance or distance between Earth and the moon. A giant asteroid which is about the size of a three football field which is about 1,800 feet or 550 meters wide named ASTEROID 2004 BL86 will have it's interplanetary journey particularly near the Earth-Moon system and describe to be an asteroid bigger than the world's most massive cruise ships in which if it were sitting on the Earth, it would be as tall as Toronto's CN Tower according to sources. But no worries as this huge asteroid categorize to be PHA or potentially hazardous asteroid or even Near Earth Asteroid will not fall on Earth otherwise the world as we know it will come to an end. Near Earth Asteroid 2004 BL86 is an eye-opening reminder of the potential risks of asteroid impacts and the importance of acquiring and tracking asteroid orbits because it is estimated that while 90 percent of the kilometer plus sized asteroids have been discovered, only 30% of the 140 meter-sized NEA's have been found with less than 1 percent of the 30-meter sized NEA's having been detected which means, your guess is good as mine.

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The distance of Asteroid 2004 BL86 is in a safe distance though closer than any other asteroid this big will come until 2027, it's the year when we can expect a visit from another asteroid called 1999 AN 10. The huge asteroid will probably be easiest to find around 11 p.m. ET when it will be to the right of the planet Jupiter and between the constellations Leo and Gemini and it will look like a slow moving star or satellite according to Randy Attwood, executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada plus NASA will also be watching the asteroid to capture images and data using its Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will also be following the close approach. So worry no more but relax and enjoy the night sky because this is something that doesn't happen every single day or maybe not:-)

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