Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
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Asteroid 2018 DV1 to pass between Earth and moon

Asteroid 2018 DV1 to pass between Earth and moon

Yet another small asteroid will pass next to Earth on Friday, March 2nd, at 00:30 AM EST (5:30 GMT).

The newfound near-Earth asteroid, called 2018 DV1, is about the size of a bus and will approach within 70,000 miles (113,000 kilometers) of Earth during its flyby, according to scientists with NASA's Asteroid Watch program.

Although today's approach is nearer, it can not be viewed by the naked eye as 2018 DV1 only has a diameter of around 20 to 40 feet.

A webcast with astrophysicist Gianluca Masi in Ceccano, Italy, will be held by The Virtual Telescope Project for this particular event. Access is free of charge.

Astronomers at Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona spotted 2018 DV1 earlier this week.

2018 DV1 is actually expected to stop by earth again on February 26, 2019-though that time, relatively speaking, it's expected to keep its distance a bit more.

Nasa named the object 2017 VR12 and listed on its "Earth Close Approaches" website. It will pass by at an estimated distance of around 870,000 miles.

According to the Minor Planet Center, asteroid 2017 VR12 is 492 to 1,542 feet (150 to 470 m) wide.

Nonetheless, this is not a reason for panic as NASA puts any near-Earth asteroid wider than 492 feet that dashes by within 4.6 million miles from the surface under the same category.

An asteroid is categorized as "potentially hazardous" based on its distance from the Earth and the "magnitude" of the asteroid, or how bright it appears in the sky.

These subsequent encounters are not indicative of a looming danger like an asteroid impact.

We also had another one slip between the moon and here on Monday, which the Virtual Telescope Project managed to photograph pretty clearly.

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