The experts at NASA said, “Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid of this size”. A space rock name 2014 JO25 is said to pass the Earth very closely on the 19th of April. NASA said that this rock will come approximately 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) from Earth, which is about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. “The asteroid will approach Earth from the direction of the sun and will become visible in the night sky after April 19,” NASA said. The asteroid is said to have a reflective surface and you might be able to see it with a telescope. This asteroid 2014 JO25 was discovered by astronomers three years ago in 2014.
“Radar observations are planned at NASA’s Goldstone Solar System Radar in California and the National Science Foundation’s Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, and the resulting radar images could reveal surface details as small as a few meters,” NASA said. And this encounter of this asteroid with the Earth is said to be the closest one in the past 400 years. Telescopes are set all around the world so that everyone can experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. This asteroid is the closest by any known asteroid of this size or bigger in 13 years — since asteroid Toutatis in 2004, according to the space agency and it is going to happen in just a few days now. Even if you don’t have your own telescope, you can watch the asteroid online and so no one is going to miss this exciting and once in a lifetime experience now. Also, comet PanSTARRS (C/2015 ER61) is also making its closest approach to Earth — coming about 109 million miles (175 million kilometers) from the planet. NASA said that it is visible in the dawn sky with binoculars or a small telescope.
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