Not one to be overlooked in the midst of our Holiday parties, space is presenting people loads of reasons to look up and marvel at its different cosmic phenomena, sending an asteroid our way on the 24th of December, after which dishing up the first Holiday full moon in almost 40 years.
You do not desire to miss out on observing both of the activities – we wont notice Asteroid 2003 SD220 around these components again and we have a fair longer watch for Christmas and the Moon to line up again. NASA predicts the next full-moon to fall on Christmas Day will not arise until 2034.
Past the Earth, Asteroid 2003 SD220 can move at its best point about 11 million km (6,787,600 miles) aside, that will be over 28 times the gap between the Earth and the Moon. That is no tiny speck inside the sky, though just qualified and the amateur astronomers will have to use of the telescopes had a need to spot it. Astronomers have estimated that the asteroid is about 2 km in-length, and minute hurtling through space at 27 km/second.
NASA says that we don’t have to bother about it impacting our planet for at the least the next couple of centuries, so go right ahead. In addition, you do not have to be worried about reports that Asteroid 2003 SD220 will cause earthquakes as it makes it closest flyby – they couldn’t be further from the truth.
Those assertions are misleading and incorrect. Even if 2003 SD220 were passing closer, it’s doubtful earthquakes would result. In fact, there’s no scientific evidence that an asteroid’s flyby can cause any seismic activity, unless it collides with Earth, but – in this case – that clearly will not be the case,” as Eddie Irizarry writes at Earthsky.org.
For those of you with no telescope – Irizarry claims that even the 8-inch (20-centimetre) telescopes some skywatchers used to watch Asteroid 2015 TB145 on Halloween and Asteroid 2004 BL86 back January won’t be enough – Christmas Day is your time.
A full moon may coincide with 25 December for the first time since 1977, as well as the same affair will not occur again till 2034. It’ll even be the last full moon of 2015.
So, don’t you miss it!