An asteroid heading straight for Earth has been identified by NASA.
Asteroid 2023 BU was spotted by NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) on January 21 and is expected to pass the planet on Friday January 27 at 12:30 a.m.
The rock will hover about 2,500 miles above Earth’s surface, making it the fourth-closest past and future space rock to come close to the planet.
For those fearing the worst, CNEOS put those concerns to rest, explaining that even though the asteroid was about to hit Earth, it is only between 12.4ft and 27.8ft tall.
According to NASA space experts, asteroids smaller than 82 feet are more likely to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere than to hit the ground.
However, those who wish to see the asteroid will still be able to see it zip past our skies thanks to the Virtual Telescope Project.
The VTP is a set of robotic telescopes based in Ceccano, Italy, accessible online for those who want to see the stars and beyond from the comfort of their own home.
Live coverage of the asteroid will begin Thursday, January 26 at 7:15 p.m.
It’s not the only project NASA is working on, either. Space experts have also developed a new portable laser to help scientists potentially detect extraterrestrial life.
Weighing 17 pounds, the laser is said to be small enough for astronauts to carry on missions and was developed by the University of Maryland.
An ultraviolet laser is used to remove particles of planetary material before analyzing them in hopes of discovering organic compounds.
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