Asteroid Whizzes by Earth Tonight

It won't hit us, but you can watch it online
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2014 12:03 PM CST
Asteroid Whizzes by Earth Tonight
This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of an asteroid approaching from the south.   (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

It's big (about the size of three football fields) and it's fast (about 27,000mph), and it's zipping by our planet tonight. Earthlings, meet asteroid 2000 EM26. As Space.com explains, the asteroid poses no threat of actually hitting the planet when it flies by at a distance of about 2 million miles. But it should put on a nice show, which can seen via live webcast at Slooh starting at 9pm Eastern. Space.com also is hosting a live webcast. (Read more asteroid stories.)

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