A large asteroid is said to pass safely by planet Earth today at around approximately 4:51 p.m. EST, which will be the closest it will be towards earth. A livestream will begin at 3 p.m. from the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome. Project founder Gianluca Masi was asked about the livestream and said, “The Virtual Telescope Project will show it live online, just at the fly-by time, when it will peak in brightness.”
According to a table from the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, NASA states the 3,400-foot (1-kilometer) asteroid will not get closer than five lunar distances during its closest approach, so there will be no need to panic as the asteroid will not hit Earth. Through the agency’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, NASA manages a network of telescopes in space and on Earth that are constantly on the lookout for NEOs. In other words they are looking for asteroid/comet threats often to ensure our safety. Though we have no imminent threats to worry us yet, NASA continues to conduct research just in case. Detroit will you be checking out the asteroid?