Astronomers track asteroid as it moves closer to Earth

01/9/2013 | Popular Science

An asteroid that astronomers say could potentially smash into Earth in 2036 is moving a little closer this year, offering amateur sky watchers the chance to have a look -- if they happen to be in the right place. The 27-megaton rock, named 99942 Apophis, will pass by Earth today, but only people in remote areas such as the Canary Islands will be able to see it with a telescope.

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