posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 10:20 PM
Hey, at least they spotted this one in advance. Albeit it within a day or so advance, but still before it actually passed at it's closest.
A newly found asteroid will pass by Earth at about the distance of the moon's orbit, with its closest approach coming at 2:35 a.m. ET (7:35 a.m.
Named 2013 EC, the asteroid is roughly the size of the space rock that exploded over Russia two and a half weeks ago, measuring somewhere between 10
and 17 meters (33 to 55 feet) wide. The asteroid that sparked the Russian meteor is estimated to have been about 17 meters wide when it entered
I'm also very glad to hear it's 100% a moot point for concern.
The asteroid is due to come within 246,000 miles (396,000 kilometers) from Earth. In comparison, the moon's distance from Earth varies between
225,622 and 252,088 miles (363,104 to 406,696
It's good to know they are looking and looking hard at this point. That is a very small one to spot in the first place as I understand it. It tells
me they are putting a solid effort into it.
Maybe someone with their own telescope can see it? ...Or is one this small, too hard to spot that way?