Asteroid Flyby; Watch Asteroid 2013 ET Buzz By Earth Live Online [LIVE STREAM]

on March 8, 2013 1:12 PM EST

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Asteroid 2013 ET will pass Earth on Saturday, (Photo: NASA)

An asteroid flyby will take place this weekend when asteroid 2013 ET zips past Earth on Friday at 2 p.m., EST. Space.com will be running a live stream of the asteroid flyby. You can view the asteroid 2013 ET live stream by clicking here.

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Asteroid 2013 ET is about 210 feet by 460 feet (64 meters by 140 m) in size, with some astronomers comparing its width to a football field. The asteroid flyby will bring it about 2.5 times the moon's distance from Earth.

That's not the only asteroid flyby live stream happening this weekend. On Saturday, the online Slooh Space Telescope will provide a free webcast of the asteroid from its observatory in the Canary Islands, off the coast of west Africa. You can view that asteroid flyby live stream by clicking here. The event starts at 3:15 p.m., EST, on Saturday, March 9.

With this latest asteroid flyby coming so close to a near-miss last month of Asteroid 2012 DA 14, which was only 17,000 miles from Earth. Although 17,000 miles doesn't sound very close, the asteroid flyby passed closer to Earth than the satellites that orbit the planet.

The last time an asteroid the size of asteroid 2013 ET hit the Earth was in 1908. An object exploded in the sky in Siberia, creating an incident known as the Tunguska event. The impact was so intense (the equivalent of 185 atomic bombs) it leveled eight hundred square miles of forest, uprooting more than 80 million trees.

"Those trees acted as markers, pointing directly away from the blast's epicenter," said Yeomans. "Later, when the team arrived at ground zero, they found the trees there standing upright -- but their limbs and bark had been stripped away. They looked like a forest of telephone poles."

Fortunately, this weekend's asteroid flyby will put it nowhere near a collision course with Earth.

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