At about 6:28 pm EST tonight a giant asteroid will pass within 202,200 miles of Earth. CNN published a nice piece on their website by astronomer Meg Urry explaining why we shouldn’t worry (it’s in no danger of hitting us), why this is so cool (it only happens every 100 years or so), and why scientists are really excited (they can use data gathered from asteroids to help them figure out how planets like ours form).
The event will apparently be visible through a standard telescope, so it looks like it’s time to dig yours out from the back of the closet and hope for clear skies!
Want to know more about asteroids? Check out RDC Library’s Astronomy subject guide.