Double Asteroid Set To Pass By Earth. Will We See It In the Hudson Valley?
A mile-wide asteroid with its own "moon" is set to pass near Earth Saturday. But will it pass near enough for us to actually see it here in the Hudson Valley, or anywhere on Earth for that matter?
KTLA says that the floating space rock known as 1999 KW4 will pass by Earth at quite the comfortable distance of about 3,219,961 miles. 1999 KW4 is actually two asteroids, with the smaller orbiting the larger of the two like a moon.
At this distance, the pair won't be visible with the naked eye, though EarthSky.org says you might be able to catch a glimpse with a telescope that's 8 inches or larger.
Now as far as weather, Hudson Valley Weather is calling for mostly cloudy skies Saturday night, which may hamper an potential viewing.