2014 JO25 "The Rock" Flies by Slooh's Canary Islands Telescopes

Slooh press release: Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 8:06 PM

Earlier today, the asteroid 2014 JO25 - nicknamed "The Rock" - flew past the Earth on its close approach with our planet. Tonight, Slooh pointed their telescopes at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands toward the skies and captured the massive space rock as it whizzed by.

The asteroid came closer to Earth than it has in more than 400 years, and closer than any asteroid of its size in 13 years.

Early estimates put the size of "The Rock" - named for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - at about 600 meters wide, but astronomers discovered earlier today that it was actually twice that size, coming in at a whopping 1.3 Kilometers in length.

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