Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: A chance to witness an asteroid pass nearby next week
Astronomer Bob King reminds Venus will soon become more visible in the morning sky after it makes its pass in front of the sun.
Also, next Monday and Tuesday, asteroid 1994 PC1 will pass by the earth roughly 1,231,000 miles (0.01324 AU) away. That is a distance about 5 times further away than the moon. (Rest assured that even though this is relatively close it is not an imminent threat to our planet!) Only 1.1 km in diameter, it will not be visible with the naked eye or even binoculars. But with the aid of a small telescope – and clear skies – it will not only be visible, but its movement across the sky will be perceptible as well.