UPDATED: Video of an Asteroid Hurtling By Earth

By Carl Engelking | March 5, 2014 12:03 pm

Update 3/6/14 11:51am ET: The online Slooh observatory was able to capture asteroid 2014 DX110 on close approach from the Canary Islands, and they’ve released this short time-lapse video in the negative. The asteroid is the small line in the center of the video.


Update 3/5/14: Asteroid 2014 DX110 has passed Earth, but you can see a replay of the webcast below.

On Wednesday, an 82-foot asteroid barreling through space at 33,000 miles per hour will pass Earth within the moon’s orbit, or about 216,000 miles. Astronomers say there’s no chance it will hit us, but you could catch on live video the galactic flyby via webcast. You can sit back and watch the asteroid buzz by Earth in the video above starting at 4 p.m. ET.

The asteroid, known as 2014 DX110, belongs to the Apollo class of asteroids and is comparable to the one that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia last year, causing major damage to property and injuring some 1,500 people. Astronomers first spotted DX110 on Feb. 28, and they expect it will make another trip past Earth in March 2046. Slooh.com, which connects land-based telescopes to the Internet, will attempt to catch DX110 as it zooms past Earth in a webcast beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

An additional webcast from the Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 in Italy will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.

There’s no guarantee that either webcast will be fruitful. Slooh.com’s Patrick Paolucci told NBC News there’s a high probability that they won’t catch DX110 on camera due to uncertainties about the asteroid’s position. Last week, however, astronomers got lucky and caught video of a meteorite smashing into the surface of the moon.

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