An Asteroid Will Whiz Past Earth On Christmas Eve
December 24 and 25 will have some special holiday magic in store for all stargazers, no matter what they celebrate.
Even though it’ll be able 6.7 million miles away from Earth, on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), an asteroid known as 2003 SD220, will zip past the Earth.
“The 2015 apparition is the first of five encounters by this object in the next 12 years when it will be close enough for a radar detection,” a report from NASA reads. “The asteroid will fly by once again at a closer range in 2018, but this time around it will safely pass at a distance 28 times farther away than the moon.
The 1.25 mile-long asteroid will be tough to see, but if you’ve got clear skies and a solid telescope, you’re in for a real treat.
It gets even better: For the first time since 1977, on Christmas (Dec. 25), there’ll be a full moon in the sky. NASA predicts this won’t happen again until 2034.
“December’s full moon, the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter,” NASA reports. “The moon’s peak this year will occur at 6:11 a.m. EST.”
So break out the hot chocolate, the telescopes and enjoy these celestial, seasonal gifts!