A gigantic asteroid will pass between Earth and the Moon this weekend


A few days ago astronomy enthusiasts around the world enjoyed the passage of the asteroid 2016 NF23 at 2.9 million miles from Earth, that is, 13 times the distance between our planet and the Moon. While that phenomenon was worthy of admiration, this weekend will again be the setting for another event, even more fantastic, with the passage of asteroid 2018 RC.

It should be noted that its closest point to Earth will be about 136,000 miles, and would be approaching the night of Saturday 8, having its closest proximity on Sunday 9 around 8:08 a.m. Although the 2018 RC asteroid will cross half the distance between the planet and the Moon, there is no reason to fear, because according to experts it will travel without any collision risk.

“It will have a very close flyby with our planet, reaching 136,000 miles, but it will be a totally safe encounter. It will be visible even with small telescopes,” said Gianluca Masi, director of the Italian-based Virtual Telescope, to Express UK.

It was on September 3 when the impact alert system of the ATLAS telescope at the University of Hawaii first sighted the asteroid, calculating its size up to 233 feet in diameter.

To give you an idea of ​​its dimensions, that’s the same height as the 17-story Kajima building in Los Angeles.

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This phenomenon can be appreciated through telescopes, and if you do not want to miss it and you do not have one, the Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast live.

Andrei Santov

Andrei, a sociologist by profession, born in Russia but currently located in UK, covers mostly European and Russia-related news for The Talking Democrat.