Asteroid 2004 BL86 To Make Record Near-Earth Pass
2004 BL86 will pass approximately 745,000 miles from Earth later this month, the closest any rock that size has come.By Evan Thomas | January 15, 2015
Keep your eyes on the sky. On Jan. 26, you might be able to see 2004 BL86 skim past Earth.
No, it's not a flying license plate. It's an asteroid first spotted by an observatory in White Sands, New Mexico.
Astronomers estimate it's about a third of a mile wide and humming along at more than 35,000 miles per hour, or fast enough to complete its long orbit around the sun every 1.84 Earth years. And it's about to set a record.