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|2012-06-14 - Weird News|
City block-sized asteroid's near-Earth flyby shown online
-- Windsor Genova - Fourth Estate Cooperative News Writer
Canary Islands, Spain (4E) - A newly-discovered asteroid the size of a city block is passing near Earth around 8 p.m. ET and a telescope in the Canary Islands will monitor the flyby for live showing on the Internet.
The space rock dubbed 2012 LZ1 is about 1,650 feet wide and will pass about 14 lunar distances or 3.35 million miles of Earth. A lunar distance is the distance between the Earth and the Moon or 238,854 miles. Such size and distance make it a hazardous asteroid.
Meanwhile, the online skywatching service Slooh Space Camera will train a telescope on the asteroid and stream the footage live on its website at http://events.slooh.com/. The asteroid is not visible by the naked eyed.
Rob McNaught and his colleagues at the Uppsala Schmidt telescope at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia discovered 2012 LZ1 on Monday night.
Last month, the bus-size asteroid 2012 JU also whisked 119,000 miles past Earth. On Nov. 8, an aircraft carrier-sized asteroid, the 2005 YU55, zipped 202,000 miles of the Earth.
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