Asteroid to Pass Earth Great Today: How To Watch Online

A giant asteroid will make a flyby of Earth in the coming days, and chair astronomers can watch the action live on their computers.

The near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis, which is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) wide, will rise by 4.3 million miles (7 million kilometers) from Earth during closest approach to Wednesday morning (December 12). It is far from posing a threat to the effects of this move, but close enough to give a good show with class telescopes, the researchers said.

And some of these areas to track the movement of the benefits' of Toutatis ceiling in the world. Line Chamber Slooh space and Virtual Telescope Project, for example, both recorded live streaming, free professional quality observatory asteroid.

Scenes Slooh Toutatis will webcast the range in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa from 15:00 EST (2000 GMT) today (December 11). Another program continues tonight at 10 pm EST (0300 GMT Wednesday), with a picture of the instrument in Arizona. You can view Slooh website:

programs Slooh President Patricio comments Paolucci and Astronomy Magazine columnist Bob Berman. [Photos: Asteroids in Deep Space]

"The technical staff Slooh allows the public to follow the fast-moving asteroid in two different ways. According to one view, the background stars traced their own pace and asteroids appear as lines or dots to clear from time to time by moving star field, "Berman said in a statement.

"In the second view, yes Toutatis will be monitored and maintained as a matter of minor points, while the rotation of the Earth causes the genius of the stars and stripes background for" Berman added. "The same procedure is significantly faster asteroids orbit the obvious, because we spent in space."

Meanwhile, the Virtual Telescope Project - run by Gianluca Masi of Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Italy - offers its own webcast on Thursday (December 13) 3:00 pm ET (2000 GMT), with comments astrophysicist.

The asteroid Toutatis was first seen in 1934, and then officially discovered in 1989. Make traveling all day every four years.

Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Toutatis is listed as a potentially hazardous object, which can pose a threat to our planet someday. The flyby is currently no cause for concern, however. At closest approach, coming at 1:40 (0640 GMT) on Wednesday, Toutatis is 18 times farther from Earth than the moon.

Toutatis can cause catastrophic injury cases will hit the Earth. In general, scientists believe that the strike at least 0.6 miles (1 km) wide can have global consequences, possibly by altering the global climate for years to come.

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