Editor's update (for 9 p.m. ET): Asteroid 2014 EC has zipped by Earth during its super-close flyby on Thursday (March 6). See our full story: Small Asteroid Gives Earth a Close Shave, 3rd in 2 Days . It was actually the third close flyby of an asteroid inside the orbit of the moon in the last two days, according to NASA. You can see a video of asteroid 2014 EC's orbit arount the sun here.
2014 EC, which was discovered just Tuesday (March 4), is about half as wide as the asteroid that exploded over Russia in February 2013, injuring about 1,500 people. There is no danger that 2014 EC will hit Earth on this pass, researchers stress; the chances that it will ever strike the planet are currently estimated at 1 in 2.7 million.
Virtual Telescope Project has captured this first video of asteroid 2014 DX110 here. We will post a wrap story later today with new images of the asteroid shortly.
At 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT), the Slooh online observatory will webcast its own coverage of asteroid 2014 DX110 using the company's remote-controlled telescopes. Slooh's Paul Cox will host the observing event.
From NASA: "This asteroid, 2014 DX110, is estimated to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across. Its closest approach to Earth will be at about 217,000 miles (about 350,000 kilometers) from Earth at about 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) [2100 GMT] on March 5. The average distance between Earth and its moon is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers)."
The asteroid 2014 DX110 will zip by Earth at 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT) today, just days after its discovery on Feb. 28. NASA officials say it poses no threat to the Earth.
The first asteroid 2014 DX110 webcast at 3:30 p.m. EST comes courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project overseen by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi in Ceccano, Italy. The webcast will cover the incoming asteroid's approach and closest flyby to Earth during today's space rock encounter. You can follow Masi's webcast directly at the Virtual Telescope Project website here.
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Webcast Replay: Auroras over Alaska
Skywatchers around the world have a chance to see the gorgeous northern lights tonight (Feb. 27), even if they live far from the Arctic Circle.
The online Slooh Space Camera will air live footage of the northern lights — also known as the aurora borealis — from a site in Alaska that has historically provided great views of the beautiful phenomenon. The show begins at 10 p.m. ET tonight (0300 GMT Feb. 28), and you can watch live here at Space.com, or at Slooh's website: www.slooh.com.
"While there is never a guarantee of the northern lights on any given night, our team will be positioned under the statistically clearest skies, during the dark of the moon, at a time in the present solar cycle — solar max — when auroras occur on 75 percent of all nights," Slooh astronomer Bob Berman, who will be in Alaska along with Slooh observatory partner Matt Francis, said in a statement.
"Then we plan to splice multiple images together to show the phenomenon’s motion over a two-hour time period and capture the majesty of experiencing this incredible event," Berman added.
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WEBCAST REPLAY: See the New Supernova Online
The Slooh Space Camera hosted a webcast with live telescope views of the new supernova SN 2014J in the galaxy M82. Supernova 2014J was spotted by four undergraduate students - Ben Cooke, Tom Wright, Matthew Wilde and Guy Pollack - observing galaxy M82 while astronomer Steve Fossey taught them how to use a telescope at the University College London Observatory on Jan. 21. Watch the webcast replay in the window below. You can also watch it directly through Slooh at www.slooh.com. FULL STORY: See the New Supernova in Galaxy M82 Today in Live Webcast
"Slooh will be covering Supernova 2014J live on Thursday, January 30th at 1 PM PST/ 4 PM EST/ 21:00 UTC while hosting Professor Dr. Steve Fossey and the class from University College London who discovered it last week. Slooh Technical Director Paul Cox will be hosting the broadcast from the Canary Islands with live images of the brightening supernova."
"Cox will interview Dr. Fossey and the undergraduate students (Ben Cooke, Guy Pollack, Matthew Wilde, and Thomas Wright) about their experiences during astronomy class at the University of London observatory when they discovered the supernova. Dr. Fossey and the students will also explain what life has been like since the discovery, and explore the supernova live again through Slooh’s telescopes with Cox."
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Editor's Note: If you snap an amazing picture of the new star explosion, or any other night sky view that you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, send photos, comments and your name and location to managing editor Tariq Malik at firstname.lastname@example.org.