Asteroid 2018 VX1 Will Zip By Earth Today: How And When To Watch This Celestial Event


If you're one of the skygazers, today's your lucky day because a newly discovered asteroid will zip by Earth today and you can follow it's celestial journey online, live.

The asteroid 2018 VX1 isn't big enough to cause concern to Earth (remember Armageddon?) as it's merely 26 feet to 59 feet wide or size of a small truck, and it won't really fly by within a striking distance. There's no risk of the asteroid crashing into Earth, the space rock will fly by within about 236,000 miles away or a smidge closer than the distance of the moon from the Earth.

The reason the flyby is a must watch is that 2018 VX1— discovered just last week on Nov. 4 — takes about 1.6 Earth years to complete one lap around the sun. So, if you have time to spot this baby in the sky, do so.

Virtual Telescope Project will let you track it live starting at 1 pm EST.

Note that two other newly discovered asteroids — 2018 VS1 and 2018 VR1, both a tad bigger than 2018 VX1 — will also fly by Earth on Saturday but will be doing so at a farther distance from Earth at about 800,000 miles and 3.1 million miles respectively.

The discovery of 2018 VX1 and its siblings is significant because it suggests there's so little we know about the tens of thousands of asteroids that zip by Earth every single day. However, there is no need to panic because space scientists claim that almost all the asteroids capable of causing cataclysmic damage to our planet do not pose any threats. They are not like the Chicxulub asteroid that supposedly wiped out the dinosaurs, or the Tunguska asteroid whose devastating impact in 1908 can still be seen today.

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