The asteroid 2023 BU will come as close as 3,500 kilometers to Earth and even leave behind some satellites. Find out how to watch
In a few days, the Earth will witness a rare event. An asteroid is approaching our planet. But it will be unlike anything we’ve seen lately. And that’s because the asteroid will come closer to Earth than some of our geosynchronous satellites. The flyby of the asteroid 2022 BU will be the fourth closest approach to a space rock since 1900, according to NASA. This is an incredibly rare opportunity and you shouldn’t miss seeing it move across the sky. Find out how to watch it.
Asteroid 2022 BU: details
The asteroid is 82 feet wide. It was first noticed on January 21 by Gennadiy Borisov. According to the NASA Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the asteroid will make its closest approach to our planet on Jan. 27 at 2:47 a.m. IST (4:17 p.m. EST, Jan. 26 for the US). During that time, BU 2023 will fly past our Earth at a speed of 53,591 kilometers per hour at a distance of 3,500 kilometers above sea level.
While some have expressed concern about the asteroid hitting our planet, astronomers believe there is no risk of collision this time around and safe passage of the asteroid is expected.
How to view the asteroid
While the usual method of setting up a telescope in a low-light area and tracking the exact coordinates of the asteroid works, most don’t have the instruments or the ability to view it that way. For all of you, The Virtual Telescope Project will host a webcast that will allow you to watch the asteroid fly by from the comfort of your home.
The webcast begins January 27 at 12:45 PM IST (2:15 PM EST, January 26 for the US) and continues until the flyby is over. If you are interested, you can watch the live stream directly on the website by clicking here or on his YouTube channel.