In a few hours–about 4 PM ET–an asteroid is supposed to pass by Earth and it’s cutting it pretty close. NPR’s Mark Memmott writes:
And as the schedule of what’s known to be closing in shows, asteroid 2014 DX110 is due today. The 100-foot wide chunk of space rock is supposed to pass by within about 217,000 miles of our planet.
How close is that? Well, the experts at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory point out that the “average distance between Earth and its moon is about 239,000 miles.” (Don’t worry, by the way, the asteroid is not on a collision path with the moon, either.)
So all is well on our lonely planet. FOR NOW. Because the article also links to this chart that lists when other asteroids from the same belt will pass into our airspace and I do NOT have time to be stressed out about this. Someone put Bruce Willis on standby! (#NoDisrespectToBenAffleck) [via NPR]