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A 30-Metre Asteroid Is Headed Your Way Today — Here’s Where You Can Watch It Live
March 5, 2014
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An asteroid like this one (but not this one) is scheduled to pass earth this afternoon, at which point it'll be closer than the moon usually is. (Photo: ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team via Getty Images)

Asteroid 2014 DX110 is estimated to be about 30 metres in diameter — and it's coming this way. The space rock will pass the Earth today, coming as close as 350,000 kilometres from the planet, a distance it should reach by about 4 p.m. ET. That will put it closer to Earth than the moon, which sits about 385,000 kilometres away. Known asteroids safely pass the Earth about 20 times every year, according to NASA. This asteroid is much larger than the meteor that shattered over Russia last year, but unlike that collision (which injured thousands), experts say there's only a one in 10 million chance of the asteroid making contact with the Earth. (Phew.)

For those interested in watching the event live, you can check out the live stream from the Slooh space telescope in the Canary Islands, embedded below:

And for those who want to see what could happen if those one-in10-million odds pan out, there's always this:

Via Newser

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