Saturday, July 21, 2012

Watch an Apollo Asteroid LIve

We've talked about Apollo asteroids before.  These are asteroids inside Earth's orbit.  You can see one this Sunday if you'd like!  You don't even need a telescope to do it.  All you need is a computer with internet access.

Sunday night, July 22, Asteroid 2002 AM31 will make a close fly by of Earth.  By close fly by, I'm meaning a mere 3.2 million miles.  Not Hollywood material, but close in space terms.  This asteroid is about the size of a city block.

Want to see it?  Just tune into the SLOOH Space Camera at 7:30 EST.  I've never checked out this site before, but my initial looks at it just now seem pretty cool.

On a side note, if I hear another person talk about how wonderful it is for teachers to have 3 months off in the summer, I might just blow a gasket. Granted, teachers don't work for 2 months over the summer, but we also don't get paid for it either!   I'm working two jobs over the summer to make up for it.  I actually am looking forward to August so that my work schedule can slow down!

1 comment:

Lord Alford said...

Well, darn. I had car problems and by the time I got home, I was able to see only 2 minutes. It looks like a cool site, though. Anybody else ever go to this site?