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Asteroid Called Near Earth Object

by Rod Hill

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Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:27 AM

A large asteroid known as Toutatis will pass within 4.3 million miles of Earth early Wednesday morning.  Scientist call the approach a "near earth object."  The large rock is roughly three miles wide and will visit our planet again in four years, which is one orbital trip for the asteroid around the sun.  Jim Todd, director of space science at OMSI says there is no reason for concern until an asteroid tracks to within a million miles of our planet.  At one million miles, our planet's gravitational pull could draw an object, producing a violent collision.  At it's closest point, Toutatis will be some 18 times farther from Earth than the moon. 

 

The photos are computer drawings of the shape NASA believes Toutatis to be.  The asteroid will be visible tonight from an observatory in Arizona.  The best way to catch a glimpse will be on the Internet.  The following link will have a live broadcast this evening at 7:00 p.m.

events.slooh.com/

Meteorologist Rod Hill

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