Space Weather News: Asteroid 2000 UK11
2 Nov 2000
While asteroid Toutatis garnered plenty of attention as it passed by Earth on Halloween, a newly-discovered space rock named 2000 UK11 glided by almost 10 times closer than Toutatis during the early morning hours of Nov. 1st.
Asteroid 2000 UK11, which was briefly visible through amateur telescopes, is rapidly fading. But if you missed it, don't worry. There's an even brighter near-Earth object (NEO) on the way: 2000 UG11. Like Toutatis and 2000 UK11, there is no danger of a collision with 2000 UG11, which will pass 6 times farther from Earth than the Moon. Amateur astronomers with 8 inch or larger telescopes and CCD cameras can spot the fast-moving NEO early next week as it grows brighter than 14th magnitude.