Tiny Asteroid 2010 TG19 Approaches Earth

Using the Marshall Space Flight Center 0.5 meter telescope in New Mexico, NASA astronomer Rob Suggs captured this view of the tiny asteroid 2010 TG19 as it made its way among the stars of the constellation Pegasus.

Taken before sunup on Oct. 15, the animated sequence shows the movement of the asteroid, then 4.25 million miles away from Earth, over 45 minutes. Only 75 yards across, 2010 TG19 is very faint at magnitude +18 , which is near the limit of the telescope. It will continue to approach during the next few days, finally coming within 268,500 miles of our planet, or almost as close as the moon, at noon EDT on Friday, Oct. 22.

Courtesy of Rob Suggs, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

10 thoughts on “Tiny Asteroid 2010 TG19 Approaches Earth”

  1. What, if any, effect will this tiny asteroid have on our planet? Will there be any significant change in weather patterns, tides…etc?

  2. What, if any, effects will this tiny asteroid have on our planet? Will it significantly effect the tides or weather?

  3. Is there any more info on this asteroid ie, when it will be visible in what parts of the world?

    I live in the uk my boys are interested in this kind of stuff, it would be great if I could watch it with them.

    Would we need a telescope or can it be seen by the naked eye?

  4. On Feb. 15, 2013 an asteroid will pass near the earth passing through the moons orbit. Where will the International space station and the moon be as the asteroid passes through the moons orbit

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