An asteroid will pass near Earth this week. Here’s how to watch it live

A newly discovered asteroid will come very close to Earth this week.

Asteroid 2023 BU is between 12 and 28 feet (3.8 to 8.5 meters) across, and was discovered on Saturday (January 21) by astronomer Gennady Borisov at the Margo Observatory in Crimea. When it passes near Earth on Thursday (January 26) at 4:17 p.m. EDT (2117 GMT), the space rock will be within less than 3% of the average distance between Earth and the moon at just 2,178 miles. (3506 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface.

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