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2017 VR12: Asteroid Could Be Bigger Than the Empire State Building—Here’s How to See It
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Asteroid 2017 VR12 is due to pass within just 900,000 miles of Earth in the early hours of March 7. According to NASA, the space rock could outstretch the Empire State Building, being somewhere between 700 ft and 1600 ft in diameter. Radar observatories like the Goldstone Solar System Radar in Barstow, California, can capture images of near-Earth asteroids when they are in range. “It will get as bright as about 12 magnitude, easily visible to northern hemisphere amateur astronomers with moderate-sized telescopes—perhaps even as small as six-inch telescopes,” Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, previously told Newsweek. read more
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