— The Watchers (@TheWatchers_) February 27, 2018
The Sweet Meteor of Death (SMOD) has become as big of a disappointment as Evan McMullin or that final Netflix season of Arrested Development. News that SMOD will yet again miss the mark tomorrow makes me happy I withdrew my support months ago and began backing the Yellowstone Super Volcano as the only candidate who can really fix what’s wrong with America.
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. The asteroid is about 23 feet (7 meters) wide, the program’s asteroid-tracking widget stated.
The Virtual Telescope Project will host a free webcast, led by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi in Ceccano, Italy, for the event. The webcast will feature views of the asteroid as seen by a 16-inch (41 centimeters) robotic telescope at the Tenagra Observatories in Arizona. You can watch the webcast live here Friday, beginning at 12:30 a.m. EST (0530 GMT). [In Photos: Potentially Dangerous Asteroids]
Astronomers using a telescope at the Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona first spotted asteroid 2018 DV1 on Monday (Feb. 26), according to an updatefrom the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In all seriousness, this rock is going to pass closer to us than the orbit of the moon. Check it out.