Asteroid passing near Earth tonight
Tonight, a rare space event will occur as an asteroid the size of a city block will whiz by the Earth. The asteroid officially known as 2012 LZ1 was just spotted by an Australian astronomer earlier this week. It is estimated to be between 1,000 & 2,300 feet wide, and will pass within 3.35 million miles of Earth tonight. That distance is roughly 14 times the distance between Earth and the moon. So, while there's no need to send Bruce Willis and a nuke (remember the movie "Armaggeddon"?) to blow up the rock, researchers think it should be close enough to be viewed with a telescopic space camera. The asteroid's closest approach will be around 7PM CDT, and that is when the team running the SLOOH space camera will be streaming live video, which you can watch by clicking here.