SPACE WATCH: Massive Asteroid Will Pass by Earth Today, Watch the Slooh Webcast

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Asteroid estimated at nearly a kilometer in length

Given its incredible size, the asteroid has been nicknamed “The Rock” in honor of entertainer and all round good guy, Dwayne Johnson. Astronomers first learned about “The Rock” three years ago, when it was observed by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona. Not much is known about the asteroid itself, including its makeup and even its exact size. Estimates put it between 650 meters (about 2,000 feet) and 1.4 kilometers. (Slooh.com image)

(SLOOH.COM) – On Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. EDT, Slooh will point its Canary Islands telescopes to track Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2014 JO25 as it makes its closest approach to Earth.

The asteroid, which is estimated at nearly a kilometer in length, will come closer to Earth than any asteroid of its size in 13 years and is making its closest encounter with Earth in 400 years.

Given its incredible size, the asteroid has been nicknamed “The Rock” in honor of entertainer and all round good guy, Dwayne Johnson. Astronomers first learned about “The Rock” three years ago, when it was observed by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona.

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