Watch Asteroid 138971 LIVE – Huge “potentially dangerous” space rock three times larger than Empire State will happen tomorrow

A GIANT asteroid is approaching Earth and Nasa has classified it as “potentially dangerous”.

The US space agency expects it large space rock that will shoot past us at a “close” distance tomorrow and you should be able to see it live.

Asteroid 138971 (2001 CB21) is said to be up to 4,265 feet across.

That makes it nearly three times the size of the Empire State Building, but the good news is that it’s not expected to hit Earth.

Space fans should be able to watch the asteroid as it shoots past Earth thanks to the The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0.

The live feed begins March 4th at 10:00pm ET (3:00am GMT on March 5th).

You can also track asteroid 138971 (2001 CB21) virtually in NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Small-Body Database search site.

Read our Asteroid 138971 live blog for the Latlatest news and updates…

  • NASA updates the asteroid software

    NASA has updated its asteroid hazards software to better detect potentially dangerous space rocks.

    The US space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) uses a special type of software to assess potentially dangerous asteroids that could impact Earth.

    There is no known “doomsday asteroid” on the way, but astronomers often check the sky just as a precaution.

  • Latest picture

    the Virtual Telescope Project has shared a very recent image of the “potentially dangerous” asteroid with space fans Twitter on March 3rd.

  • Saving the Earth from Asteroids, continued

    NASA called: “DART is the first-ever mission dedicated to investigating and demonstrating a method of asteroid Deflection by changing the motion of an asteroid in space by kinetic impact.”

    The DART spacecraft was scheduled to strike a small asteroid called Dimorphos in September with the ultimate goal of throwing it off course.

  • Save earth from asteroids

    Some experts are concerned that Earth is not yet ready to defend itself against potential ones deadly asteroids.

    Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX once raised concern when he tweeted: “Eventually a big rock will hit the earth and we have no defenses at this time.”

    However, Nasa is looking into setting up some defense methods.

    It recently launched its Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission.

  • Rare occurrence

    The asteroid won’t come within about 3 million miles of it until 2043.

    So space fans should try to watch the asteroid as it zooms past Earth thanks to the The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0or they won’t get a chance to discover it in the foreseeable future.

  • How fast is the asteroid?

    NASA thinks Asteroid 138971 (2001 CB21) will fly past Earth at about 27,000 miles per hour in the early morning hours of March 4th.

    That means it will fly 18 times faster than a Lockheed Martin F-16 jet fighter at full speed.

  • ‘Possibly dangerous’

    Any fast-moving space object approaching within 4.65 million miles is classified as “potentially dangerous” by cautious space organizations Asteroid is about to fly past Earth away on March 4th from an estimated distance of 3 million miles.

    A small change in the trajectories of all NEOs could spell disaster for Earth.

    Nasa projects that asteroid 138971 (2001 CB21) will zoom past Earth at about 27,000 miles per hour in the early hours of this morning.

  • What is a NEO?

    Nasa considers anything that moves close to Earth’s orbit to be a near-Earth object (NEO).

    Thousands of NEOs are being tracked by scientists to monitor if they are on a collision course with our planet.

  • How close will the asteroid get?

    Asteroid 138971 was supposed to shoot past us on March 4th from an estimated range of 3 million miles.

    A few million miles maybe sound quite far away, but spatially quite close.

    In comparison, the Moon is only about 238,900 miles from Earth.

  • Will the asteroid hit Earth?

    The good news is that asteroid 138971 is unlikely to hit Earth.

    An asteroid that size would cause serious damage to the planet.

  • Empire State Asteroid

    Asteroid 138971 (2001 CB21) is said to be up to 4,265 feet across, nearly three times the size of the Empire State Building.

    The Empire State Building is about 1,453 feet tall, so it would pale in comparison to asteroid 138971 (2001 CB21).

  • Passing ‘close’ to earth

    Asteroid 138971 is approaching Earth and Nasa has classified it as “Potentially Dangerous”.

    The US space agency expects the large space rock to shoot past us at a “close” distance.

  • On the trail of the asteroid

    You can also track asteroid 138971 (2001 CB21) virtually in NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Small-Body Database search site.

  • like watching

    Space fans should be able to watch the asteroid as it shoots past Earth thanks to the The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0.

    The live feed begins March 4th at 10:00pm ET (3:00am GMT on March 5th).

  • How big is the asteroid?

    Asteroid 138971 (2001 CB21) is said to be up to 4,265 feet across.

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