Close approach of asteroid crashes websites

Added by on March 5, 2014

Asteroid 2014 DX110 as seen at approximately 2019 UTC on Wednesday

Asteroid 2014 DX110 as seen at approximately 2019 UTC on Wednesday

An asteroid passing between the earth and moon was observed during its close approach on Wednesday. The event is getting live coverage from telescopes and observatories around the world.

Initial images show the 25 m (82ft) asteroid, called 2014 DX110 moving rapidly among a field of stars in the constellation of Camelopardalis. The asteroid is moving fast pace of at 14 km/s – over 50,000 km/h or 31,000 mph.

The event appears to be very popular leaving many Internet-based observers frustrated, unable to access live streamed events on overloaded websites.

The asteroid’s discovery is attributed to the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS), an observatory in Hawaii. The asteroid was discovered just days ago using the PS1 telescope located on Mount Haleakala, Hawaii.

The Pan-STARRS project continually performs a survey of the observable sky to discover and track objects like asteroids. Pan-STARRS compares current and past observations to identify objects. The observatory currently has one active telescope – the PS1.

The size of an object in the sky is estimated based on a measurement called absolute magnitude – which was measured at 25.7 for asteroid 2014 DX110.