‘Jumbo’ asteroid to sail past Earth Monday

Skywatchers, take notice: NASA reports {that a} “mountain-size” asteroid is ready to cruise past us on Monday.

Whereas there isn’t a danger of collision, “will probably be a uncommon astronomically shut encounter that yard telescope homeowners can watch,” in accordance to National Geographic. Measuring a couple of third of a mile throughout, it’ll come about 745,000 miles from our planet, “about 3 times the space separating the Earth and the moon.”

And whereas many asteroids have come nearer, this one would be the largest one to cross till 2027, and is shiny sufficient to supply yard astronomers an opportunity to catch a glimpse — that’s, if it’s not overcast on Monday.

The perfect locations to see it embody North America between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. PT. It can journey by means of Hydra and Most cancers constellations within the south-southeastern night sky, making a detailed cross to the Beehive star cluster. Completely happy sky-watching.

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