Want to see an asteroid fly by the Earth?

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If you’re not watching the Olympics, the BBC showing of “Top Gear” or anything else on television this evening, you may want to turn on to a website that offers an “out of this world” experience later this evening.

Asteroid to fly by the Earth

A 185-foot in diameter asteroid will pass about 2 million miles from the Earth in a not-so-close encounter around 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17. You can catch all of the nail-biting action at www.slooh.com or www.space.com.

Slooh’s teleschope will begin watching Asteroid 2000 EM26 as it begins its close pass. Slooh is located on Mount Teide in the Canary Islands.

Interestingly, Asteroid 2000 EM26 will make its close pass nearly a year to the day after an asteroid ripped through the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Hundreds of people were injured by flying glass. That asteroid was 65 feet across.


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