Artist’s imagery shows an asteroid (this one with a moon) making a very close pass of the Earth. Credit: ESA/NASA

Asteroid heads for closest-ever predicted approach to Earth

By Paul Sutherland
04 February 2013

(Sen) – Excitement is growing over the approach of an asteroid that will make the closest ever flyby of Earth to have been predicted well in advance later this month.

The chunk of space rock, about 50 meters (150 ft) wide, will give us such a near miss that it will skim our planet inside the geosynchronous orbits of many TV and communications satellites on 15 February.

And despite its small size, it will become visible to amateur astronomers in binoculars and small telescopes, with its rapid motion across the starry background, covering an area of sky greater than the apparent width of the Moon every minute, being quite obvious.

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