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Watch a dino killer zip by live

The online Slooh observatory will be tracking a near earth asteroid big enough to cause global fall out this evening, and you can watch it live!

c/net — The asteroid, known to astronomers as 2012 LZ1, is expected to pass within 14 lunar distances of Earth, or roughly 3.35 million miles. In space terms, that’s a relatively close call, though still far enough way so as not to ruin your summer plans.

The Slooh online skywatching service, which has a telescope set up on the Canary Islands, plans to stream the footage live starting this evening at 8 p.m. ET. The asteroid is estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,300 feet wide.

Comments

  1. weaver says

    It’s a long way from a 1,000-2,300ft diameter rock to a dino killer … the Chicxulub meteor was about 10km in diameter.

  2. StevoR says

    Bit late if this asteroid’s goal* is killing the dinos.

    Killing us OTOH, well good thing its not with us anytime in the next few decades.

    * Yeah, anthropomorphic of me I know. Rocks are goaless unless they’re medicine balls.

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