Giant Asteroid Headed Our Way, NASA Says “Hang On For The Bumpy Ride”.
On Monday, January 26, asteroid 2044 BL86 will be headed our way. The asteroid is estimated to be about one third of a mile in diameter.
The asteroid will not hit the Earth, but when it zooms by later this month you can expect to feel the vibrational pull, similar to the shaking of your car when passed by a huge semi truck on the freeway. In some areas, it may feel like effects of a small earthquake.
“Monday, January 26 will be the closest asteroid 2004 BL86 will get to Earth for at least the next 200 years,” Don Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program office at the Jet Propulsion Lab, said in a written statement.“And while it poses no threat to Earth for the foreseeable future, it’s a relatively close approach by a relatively large asteroid, so it proves us a unique opportunity to observe and learn more.”
In the Americas, Europe and Africa you will have the best view of the asteroid on the night of January 26, according to EarthSky. If the night is clear, it will be visible in the vicinity of the constellation Cancer.
But don’t let the slow looking movement of the asteroid fool you, it will be moving at about 35,000 miles per hour!
NASA experts say don’t worry too much about the asteroid, it most likely will not make impact with Earth. However, they suggest to secure any valuables that could possibly be knocked over by the rumbling the asteroid will cause on January 26. Also, keep your pets inside, they will definitely sense something strange is about to happen.