Chips Tomorrow!!

Keep your head low tomorrow Friday 2nd March, and if you’re in the habit of wearing a top hat, don’t.

An asteroid called 2018 DV1, about the size of a bus, will approach within 113,000 kilometers of Earth during its flyby.

NASA’s Asteroid Watch program will host a free webcast, led by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi in Ceccano, Italy, for the event. The webcast will feature views of the asteroid as seen by a 16-inch robotic telescope at the Tenagra Observatories in Arizona. You can watch the webcast live here Friday, beginning at 0530 GMT.

Astronomers in Arizona first spotted asteroid 2018 DV1 on Monday 26 February so I dunno why they didn’t tell us sooner.

Anyway, don’t say you weren’t warned, my followers. Both of you.


footnote: I watched it for you. It was terrifying! The asteroid looked this this fullstop on screen . except fuzzier. For an hour it did precisely nothing. Then, thank goodness to a sigh of relief, it disappeared. You can relax now.

Duck! 18th April – 3 days’ time

Be warned – an asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on Tuesday 18 April at an uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.

Although there is no possibility the asteroid will collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size, NASA said in a statement. Dubbed 2014-JO25 and roughly 650 metres across, the asteroid will come very close after having looped around the Sun. 2014-J025 will then continue on past Jupiter before heading back toward the centre of our Solar System. In Durban you need to duck at 8.17pm that night, and in Tshwane at around 8.21pm. Don’t forget.