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Small 2014 RC asteroid will fly by Earth in close-up on Sunday, Sept 7

NASA JPL confirmed the 2014 RC asteroid will safely soar by Earth on Sunday, so amateur astronomers should be able to catch a peek
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 7:44 pm

The 2014 RC asteroid will pass by Earth on Sunday, September 7, with closest approach estimated to take place at 2:18 p.m. EDT, as it flies over New Zealand. Astronomers believe it measures around 60 feet in size, and was initially spotted in late August by the Catalina Sky Survey located close to Tucson, Arizona.

 

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The asteroid won't be detectable by the naked eye, but amateur astronomers using telescopes should be able to see it sail by, assuming there is clear weather, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

 

At its closest, 2014 RC will be around 25,000 miles away from Earth, and should bypass the geosynchronous ring of communications and weather satellites that orbit our planet. 2014 RC shouldn't pose a threat to Earth or satellites in orbit, but will give researchers a great opportunity to learn about asteroids.

NEWS SOURCES:Jpl.nasa.gov, Nasa.gov

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