1998 QE2 astero…

1998 QE2 asteroid expected to pass by Earth on Friday
The closest will be at 9:00 GMT

The asteroid, known as 1998 QE2, was first discovered back in 1998, but some latest images show a small white object which scientists believe is the satellite or moon orbiting the asteroid.

“It’s definitely possible to see with a small amateur telescope, even from near JPL here where there’s a lot of light pollution,” said Steve Wissler, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory astronomer.

1998 QE2 is going to come within what’s called 15 lunar distances of Earth, or about 15 times the distance between the Earth and the moon. That’s expected Friday at 2 p.m., but NASA says there is no need to run for shelters or stock up on water.

“We know it’s passing at a comfortable distance,” said Paul Chodas, a scientist with NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program.

The asteroid is believed to be about 1.7 miles in diameter, or about nine Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ships. It rotates every 5.3 hours.

It’s so far away that even at its closest point telescopes will only be able to see it as a small point of light.

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  1. a friend
    May 31, 2013 @ 20:10:06

    yes just this morning i read about this
    kiss

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