Asteroid close encounter today: How to watch online

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Several circles around the sun representing planetary and an asteroid's orbits. The just-discovered near-Earth asteroid 2023 BU (about five meters in size) will sweep extremely close to Earth today (January 26, 2023). It’ll pass less than 3% of the moon’s average distance, and about a quarter the distance of geostationary satellites. Details here on a live public observing event, which begins at 19:15 UTC (2:15 p.m. ET).

Watch an asteroid close encounter with Earth

On January 26, 2023, the near-Earth asteroid 2023 BU will have an extremely close, but safe, encounter with Earth. Indeed, it’ll pass less than 6,200 miles (10,000 km) from the Earth’s center, and be within the distance of about one-quarter of the geostationary satellites orbiting the Earth. And to be sure, the Virtual Telescope Project – based in Rome – will show it to you live!


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