BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The asteroid passing near earth tonight won’t quite be close enough to kill us all, but will be close enough to provide quite a show if you’re looking at the right place at the right time. The right place is FAU’s observatory, and the right time is 8pm.
Monday, January 26, 2015 will be the closest that a mountain-sized asteroid 2004 BL86 at 3 lunar-distances away will pass by Earth. It will be the closest passing of any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 passes the Earth in 2027. Asteroids make the news either by being especially close to the earth or especially large. This one is going to miss us tonight, but will be bright enough to be viewed by a telescope as it moves among the stars.
As such the Florida Atlantic University Observatory will be open today for viewing the asteroid. Viewing conditions should decently start around 8 p.m. So please come by FAU’s Observatory located on 777 Glades Road, Building 43, 4th floor, Room SE-434 on the Boca Raton campus. For more information on FAU’s Observatory, visit http://www.physics.fau.edu/observatory/about_ob.html or call 561-297-STAR.