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Asteroid 2014 DX110 Will Come Closer To Earth Than The Moon Tonight

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Asteroid 2014 DX110 Will Come Closer To Earth Than The Moon Tonight

The asteroid 2014 DX110, which is 98ft (30m) across, will pass less than 1 lunar distance from Earth, offering an interesting show for those who want to pursue it through a telescope.

The Space rock will reach a distance of less than 350,000 miles away from our planet at 9:07 p.m GMT. You can watch the Images of the asteroid live at the site Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh at 20:30 GMT.

The astronomer Bob Berman, from the Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh, says that every few centuries an even more massive asteroid strikes us but fortunately they usually impacting unpopulated areas (e.g Antarctica) or in an ocean. Also, once in a century, there is undiscovered asteroid which hit our planet and is not noticed in time, as it happened on February 15, 2013 in Russia.

The asteroid 2014 DX 110 is an Apollo class asteroid (asteroids that crosses the orbit of Earth). So far, NASA has detected 240 Apollos asteroids, but experts estimate that there are at least 2,000 such rocks with a diameter of 1 km or larger which could hit Earth. If it hit Earth, an asteroid of this size would throw so much dust into the atmosphere that would block sunlight for several years.



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  1. Swampfoot

    You have an error in the article. The article states that the rock will come closer than 350,000 miles, but Earth’s moon is on average 240,000 miles away. 350,000 miles is NOT closer than the Moon.

    I suspect you meant to say 350,000 kilometers (instead) of miles in your statement of distance.


    • Mikaxaflopn

      To add, the title of the article states that this event is tonight when in fact this will occur tomorrow, March 6th.

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