You bet your asteroid!

Kiss your asteroid goodbye (courtesy of the Andreus Agency)

Tonight, an asteroid known as 2012 TC4 that is roughly the size of a small house will pass between Earth and the moon. Supposedly, there is no chance of an impact, but I’ve seen “Armageddon.” You just never know.

The good news is that skeptics like me, and anyone else who is interested, can monitor this asteroid online. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory‘s Near Earth Object Office has two options for any science geeks out there.

The first is a widget that can track asteroids, comets and other celestial bodies that come close to Earth. It provides all kinds of neat information, so consider checking it out here.

The second is the JPL’s Twitter feed, which coordinates with NASA and provides frequent updates. Check them out @AsteroidWatch.

Of course, those of you with telescopes may have some luck seeing this thing, too.

Posted on October 12, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the heads up.This is interesting and relevant.

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