February 16, 2014

Near-Earth Asteroid 2000 EM26 the size of three football fields to fly by Earth on February 17, 2014

An asteroid the size of three football fields is set to make a close brush of Earth on Monday (Feb. 17), and you can watch the flyby in a live webcast.

Near-Earth asteroid 2000 EM26 poses no threat of actually hitting the planet, but the online Slooh Space Camera will track the asteroid as it passes by Earth on Monday.

For those who want to follow the live broadcast, the live Slooh webcast will start at 9 p.m. EST (0200 Feb. 18 GMT), and you can also watch the webcast directly through the Slooh website. You can also watch the asteroid broadcast live on Space.com.

Scientists estimate that 2000 EM26 is about 885 feet (270 meters) in diameter, and it is whizzing through the solar system at a break-neck 27,000 mph (12.37km/s), according to Slooh.

During its closest approach, the asteroid will fly about 8.8 lunar distances from Earth. via space.com

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