Near-Earth Asteroid to Pass By Monday Night, Traveling at About 27,000 MPH
Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 06:08 PM EST
A "Near-Earth" Asteroid (NEA) with an estimated diameter of three football fields (270m) is expected to pass by Earth traveling at about 27,000 MPH on Monday evening around 9PM EST.
Online robotic telescope service Slooh will broadcast the pass by live online, CLICK HERE to watch.
The asteroid is called NEA 2000 EM26.
"This is a subtle reminder of the dangers of asteroid impacts," Slooh said in a release. The online service tracks potentially hazardous objects whose sizes are large enough and whose orbits take them near enough to Earth, that they "have the potential" to cause significant damage in the event of an impact.
"On a practical level, a previously-unknown, undiscovered asteroid seems to hit our planet and cause damage or injury once a century or so, as we witnessed on June 20, 1908 and February 15, 2013," Slooh host and astronomer Bob Berman said. "Every few centuries an even more massive asteroid strikes us – fortunately usually impacting in an ocean or wasteland such as Antarctica."
Slooh's Technical and Research Director Paul Cox added, "We continue to discover these Potentially Hazardous Asteroids – sometimes only days before they make their close approaches to Earth. Slooh's asteroid research campaign is gathering momentum with Slooh members using the Slooh robotic telescopes to monitor this huge population of potentially hazardous space rocks. We need to find them before they find us!"
Since 2003 Slooh has connected ground based telescopes to the Internet for access by the broader public.
CLICK HERE to watch a live broadcast of the fly-by