Where To Watch The Giant 4179 Toutatis Flyby Earth

By Amir Khan on December 11, 2012 2:45 PM EST

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This composite image shows the comparative sizes of eight asteroids. (Photo: NASA)

The huge asteroid 4179 Toutatis will pass close to Earth today and early tomorrow morning, and people who want to see asteroid  4179 Toutatis will have a prime opportunity to watch the flyby from their computers. The 4179 Toutatis flyby will be livestreamed from various websites, and can be seen as professionals do right from your computer.

Asteroid 4179 Toutatis is a huge near-earth object that is approximately 3 miles wide. Asteroid 4179 Toutatis will pass within 4.5 million miles of Earth, giving astronomers an excellent view without posing any risk.

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The Slooh Space Camera and Virtual Telescope Project will have its professional telescope zoomed in on asteroid 4179 Toutatis, and will stream the footage of asteroid 4179 Toutatis live. The asteroid 4179 Toutatis livestream can be seen here.

The first flyby of asteroid 4179 Toutatis will be at 3 p.m. EST, and can be seen at the Slooh website. The second show will be at 10 p.m. EST.

"Slooh technical staff will let the public follow this fast-moving asteroid in two different ways. In one view, the background stars will be tracked at their own rate and the asteroid will appear as an obvious streak or a moving time-lapse dot across the starry field," Astronomy Magazine columnist Bob Berman said, according to Yahoo! News.

"In a second view, Toutatis itself will be tracked and held steady as a tiny pointlike object, while Earth's spin makes the background stars whiz by as streaks," he said. "Both methods will make the asteroid's speedy orbital motion obvious as it passes us in space."

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