This week, an asteroid will zoom past Earth and you can watch it live

This week, an asteroid will zoom past Earth and you can watch it live

A newly discovered asteroid will come very close to Earth this week.

Asteroid 2023 BU measures between 12 and 28 feet across (3.8 to 8.5 meters) and was just discovered on Saturday (Jan. 21) by astronomer Gennadiy Borisov at the MARGO Observatory in Crimea. When it passes closest to Earth on Thursday (Jan. 26) at 4:17 p.m. EST (2117 GMT), the space rock will be within less than 3% of the mean Earth-Moon distance at an altitude of just 2,178 miles (3,506 kilometers) above the earth’s surface.

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