It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an asteroid!
On Thursday, September 24, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of one of the closest asteroid approaches of 2020.
Scientists discovered the near-Earth Asteroid 2020 SW mere days before its orbit on Friday, September 18, 2020.
According to CNET, you’ll be able to watch it approach our planet from the comfort of your own home via a live feed from the Virtual Telescope Project starting on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. PT. The asteroid is expected to pass Earth on Thursday.
While The 2020 SW, which is estimated between 14 feet (4.4 meters) and 32 feet (9.9 meters) in diameter, is coming fairly close to Earth, it’s not worrisome. It’s expected to come within around 17,000 miles (27,000 kilometers) from Earth. Per CNET, that’s “closer than television satellites typically orbit.”
However, it isn’t the closest we’ve seen this year as 2020 QG came within about 4,350 miles (7,000 kilometers) of Earth.
The outlet notes we’ll get another asteroid passing on by right before the presidential election.
Though asteroids are often associated with doomsday, there’s no need to worry about it either.
"Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approximately 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth. If it were to enter our planet's atmosphere, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size," NASA said in a statement.