In the last couple of months, many asteroids passed near the Earth in what it seems to be a very “asteroids-crowdy” period. Yet another small asteroid will pass next to Earth on Friday, March 2nd, at 00:30 AM EST (5:30 GMT). The asteroid was named 2018 DV1 and will pass next to the Earth at a distance of 113,000 kilometers which is half the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
The 2018 DV1 asteroid can be watched live as it passes by our planet
The Virtual Telescope Project will organize a webcast in which it will convey the event.
The images, which can be accessed on the YouTube feed from above when the asteroid passes, will be taken with a 41-inch robotic telescope at Tenagra Observatories, in Arizona, the USA.
Astronomers who used a telescope at the Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona saw it for the first time on February 26.
An asteroid will pass next to the Earth on March 7th, too – 2017 VR12
However, the asteroid which will pass by Earth tomorrow at 00:30 EST (5:30 GMT), wouldn’t represent a danger even if it would hit the Earth. That because its diameter of only seven meters is very small and the friction with the Earth’s atmosphere would disintegrate the asteroid before it reaches the Earth’s surface.
However, the 2017 VR12 (which will be observed passing next to Earth on March 7th) has a diameter of approximately 280 meters and the asteroid will pass near the Earth at a distance of 1.4 million kilometers, yet too far to represent any danger for us, even though NASA classified it as a potentially hazardous asteroid. This category includes any object equal to or greater than 150 meters in diameter that is approaching less than 7.5 million kilometers from Earth.
If this one would hit the Earth the world as we know it would be terminated.
In conclusion, here you can watch live how the asteroid will pass next to the Earth, starting with March 2nd at 00:30 AM EST (5:30 GMT).