A Close Encounter with the Asteroid 2004 BL86 on Monday January 26

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According to today’s edition of  EarthSky, Asteroid 2004 BL86 will flyby Earth on Monday, January 26, at 9:20 AM Pacific Standard Time.  It will pass by Earth at 745,000 miles.  You might be able to see it with a large home telescope  or strong binoculars Monday night by aiming at the constellation Cancer.  This is a huge Asteroid, twice the size of a cruise ship.  Luckily, it will pass by harmlessly.   For further details, please click on the link above.

Someone wrote a novel about an asteroid that did strike the Earth.

Hat tip and thanks to EarthSky, and to NASA-JPL-Caltech for the gif graphic.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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