Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Huge Asteroid to Fly Past Earth July 3

That's like a galatic warning shot.

An asteroid possibly as large as a half-mile or more in diameter is rapidly approaching the Earth. There is no need for concern, for no collision is in the offing, but the space rock will make an exceptionally close approach to our planet early on Monday, July 3, passing just beyond the Moon's average distance from Earth.

Any possibility I could hitch a ride?

And skywatchers with good telescopes and some experience just might be able to get a glimpse of this cosmic rock as it streaks rapidly past our planet in the wee hours Monday. The closest approach occurs late Sunday for U.S. West Coast skywatchers.

I'll catch the next one when it barrels into us like a drunk driver in rushhour traffic.


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