Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 KW120 is coming as close as the Moon next 29 May, 2015

Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 KW120: orbit

Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 KW120: orbit

On 25 May 2015, the Minor Planet Center announced the discovery by the Catalina Sky Survey of the 25-meters large asteroid 2015 KW120, going to safely brush us tomorrow. This small minor planet will be at 1.1 lunar distances (about 420.000 km) from the Earth next 29 May, at 11:53 UT, accordingly to the Minor Planet Center.

As written above, there are no risks at all for our planet and this close encounter will simply be a spectacular sight for those able to spot the object. Its maximum brightness, a few hours before the fly-by,  will not exceed magnitude 15.4 or so, so large scopes are needed to spot it visually.

At Virtual Telescope we will try to capture an image this evening.

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