Asteroid to pass by Earth Sunday afternoon
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Near Earth Object (NEO) program catalogs asteroids and comets that come within 1.3 astronomical units (the average distance between the Earth and sun). Close approaches of NEOs happen every day. Just this week, 18 asteroids and comets on that list passed within 1.3 AU, the closest coming within 586,000 miles.Posted — Updated
2014 RC is classified as an Apollo class asteroid because it cross’s Earth’s orbital path but spends most of its life outside far beyond that. About 62 percent of near-Earth asteroids are Apollos. There is also an Aten class (Earth-crosser, spends most of its time inside Earth’s orbit), Armor class (comes close but does not cross Earth orbit), and Interior to Earth Orbit (orbits the sun closer than Earth. Each class is named for the first asteroid discovered of that type.
This weekend you can see Mars, Saturn and the red super giant star Antares will line up in the southern sky after dark. Orangey Mars will continue to move closer to Orangey Antares through out September, look this weekend and then check again next week to see the movement.
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