How to watch asteroid 7335 (1989 JA) fly past Earth

An enormous asteroid four times the size of the Empire State Building is headed toward earth — and you can watch live as it whooshes harmlessly through the night sky.

The asteroid, dubbed 7335 (1989 JA)orbits the sun once every 570 days or so, occasionally swooping a little too close to Earth for astronomers’ comfort. On Friday (May 27), the rock will swing within about 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers) of our planet — or nearly 10 times the average distance between Earth and the moon at about 10:26 am EDT (2:26 UTC). That’s too far away to witness with the naked eye, but you might be able to spot it with a really powerful telescope, according to CNET (opens in new tab). Or you can watch the asteroid pass by live on the Virtual Telescope Project (opens in new tab)‘s website. The stream begins on Thursday (May 26) at 9:00 pm EDT (Friday, 1:00 am UTC).

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