As 2020 grinds interminably towards the next big reveal, the general public responds to the news of a giant asteroid heading towards Earth with a unanimous shrug of the shoulders.
Experts at NASA have confirmed the approach of a potentially hazardous giant rock, although they also state, this is no longer a rare occurrence to observe. NASA’s Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) maintains a publicly available datasheet of near-Earth asteroids, so you can be amongst the first to know of an impending space-based apocalypse. Check it out here.
On Tuesday, July 21st the most immediate threat will pass us by like so many other crises of 2020. The asteroid, humbly named 2002 BF25 measures 656ft (220m) in diameter has a visual magnitude of 22.2 meaning it qualifies as a potentially hazardous asteroid.
It has been a busy time in space, as the earth remains indoors, with space phenomena becoming slightly more visible due to a reduction in light pollution and more observed by the general public as we gaze longingly out of our windows. The most recent event being the passing of the Neowise comet, which spent an entire week in July streaking across the night skies and shaking its tail all over Instagram.
Look up this summer! Here is our list of the best space and astronomy sites to keep your eyes on the skies:
- A great digital monthly magazine, with up to date astronomical info
- All things space-related, astronomy, events and more
- News, tech, astronomy, skywatching and everything SPACE
- Obviously, one of the most reliable sources of space info
- Space podcast, news, events, stories and more