How to Watch Tonight's Asteroid Flyby

Huge near-Earth asteroid 2012 LZ1 is approaching
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2012 4:55 AM CDT
This diagram shows where the asteroid will appear in the night sky.   (Slooh Space Telescope)
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(Newser) – An unusually large and bright asteroid will fly by Earth tonight, and astronomers believe it will come close enough to be caught on camera, reports. 2012 LZ1, which was only discovered this week, is between 1,000 and 2,300 feet wide and, at its closest, is expected to come within 3.35 million miles of Earth, roughly 14 times the distance between our planet and the moon. The team running the Slooh Space Camera will be streaming live footage of the flyby from 8pm ET. Click here for the Slooh website. (Read more asteroid stories.)

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