A "potentially hazardous" asteroid is hurdling toward Earth late Monday.
That's not very close this time, but asteroids have a habit of coming around again in a few years time. So why are we just learning about this one now?
B Well, there are millions and millions of them, meaning they're pretty tough to keep track of. In a statement, technical and research director of the Slooh telescope service, Paul Cox, said, "We continue to discover these potentially hazardous asteroids — sometimes only days before they make their close approaches to Earth." (Via Space.com)
This latest fly-by comes just over a year after a meteorite unexpectedly exploded in the skies over Russia. The blast from the 65-foot asteroid injured an estimated 1,500 people and caused millions of dollars in damage. (Via RT)
A live webcast of Monday's asteroid will be featured on Slooh.com.