A huge asteroid will pass between the moon and the Earth soon, the 17th such incident in just the past year.
In an alarming new development, yet another near-Earth asteroid is about to pass between the Earth and the moon, the 17th such incident so far this year. And although it poses no threat to humans, it certainly is a bit unnerving to know such a destruction-causing space rocks are passing so close to Earth.
Asteroid 2018 DU was about 195,000 miles from Earth and closing when it was spotted, and it stretches about 10 meters in width. It is expected to come within 175,000 miles from the Earth on Feb. 25.
The asteroid was spotted with the help of the Virtual Telescope Project.
“The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the asteroid, this is why stars leave long trails, while the asteroid looks like a sharp dot of light in the center of the image,” according to the VTP website. “At the imaging time, asteroid 2018 DU was at about 315.000 km from the Earth, closer than our Moon, and it was approaching us. This ~10 meters large asteroid will reach its minimum distance (284.000 km) from us on 25 Feb. 2018, at 18:22 UTC.”