The two red lines identify an asteroid 2018 VX1 that will visit Earth 's neighbors on Saturday.
Credits: Gianluca Masi / Virtual Telescope Project
Three chunky asteroids will be expanded by the earth this weekend, one of which is closer to Earth than the moon.
On Saturday (November 10th), the asteroid 2018 VX1 near the Earth will zip within approximately 236,100 miles (380,000 kilometers) of the Earth. This is closer to the moon, which is 238,900 miles (384,400 km) away from the earth.
Gianluca Masi, astronomer physicist and founder and director of the Italian virtual telescope project, said the space rock meeting is near, but will not pose any danger to Earth. It is live streaming the celestial show starting from 1:00 pm online. EST (18:00 UTC) Saturday. [Black Marble Images: Earth at Night]
"There is no risk of impact. [on Earth]"Masi said in an interview with Live Science," One of them will be basically close to the moon, but there is still a lot of that distance. "
Two other asteroids do not venture close to Earth, but they are still attracting scientists' attention. The asteroid 2018 VS1 drops about 861,700 miles (1.38 million km) from Earth. After the moon, it is about four times the distance from the earth at 9:03 am (14: 3 UTC).
The asteroid 2018 VSI is 43 to 92 feet (12 to 28 meters) in diameter.
Meanwhile, the asteroid 2018 VR1 is expected to fly on Saturday at 9:19 am (14:19 UTC). The asteroid is about 129,000 miles (5 million kilometers) away from Earth. This near-Earth asteroid is 45 to 100 feet (13 to 30 meters) in diameter.
People on Earth can see the show's asteroid 2018 VX1 online at about 1:20 p.m. EST (18:20 UTC), "the moment of the minimum distance with us," Masi said. This particular asteroid was discovered just a few days ago by scientists at the Mount Lemmon survey near Tucson, Arizona, on November 4. Two days later, the asteroid center found a diameter of 26 to 59 feet (8 meters and 18 meters) in asteroids.
The virtual telescope took the picture above the asteroid 2018 VX1 with a 600 second exposure on November 8th.
"The telescope tracks the apparent movement of the asteroid, which is why the star looks like a long walkway," Masi said. "The asteroid looks like a point of sharp light in the center of an image marked with two red lines."
Originally posted to Live Science.