'80 story building' big near-earth asteroid set to fly past Earth on March 11

   Mar 5, 2:50 pm

Washington, Mar 5 (ANI): A near-earth asteroid is set to fly past Earth on March 11.

Discovered on February 11th, 2014 by Mt. Lemmon Survey, Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 CU13, with an estimated diameter of an 80 story building (120-260m) and traveling at 43,173 MPH / 19.31 (km/s), will be making its closest approach to Earth on Tuesday, March 11th, at 8 lunar distances away.

However, astronomers are still unclear as to the exact orbit of the asteroid, which currently has an orbital Uncertainty Parameter U of 6 (MPC as of 2014-03-04).

Slooh is featuring 2014 CU13 in a live broadcast from its flagship observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands on Sunday, March 9th, in order to call attention to this asteroid so that amateur astronomers will help further pinpoint its orbit.

As of March 4th, there have been over 230 observations of 2014 CU13, including many from Slooh members, but that is not enough to accurately pinpoint its orbit.

Slooh will be providing orbital data to the Minor Planet Center all week in order to improve the asteroid's Uncertainty Parameter, and will highlight its progress throughout the week on Slooh .com in the Community News section. (ANI)

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