The video above – from Rich Richins in Las Cruces, New Mexico – shows asteroid 2014 JO25 passing seemingly close to galaxy M64 in Coma Berenices. This animation traces the asteroid’s path for just under three hours. The asteroid enters from the bottom, just left of center and climbs up and right passing just beneath the galaxy on the right.
Bottom line: Photos of large asteroid 2014 JO25, which swept past Earth on April 19, 2017.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. In 2020, she was the Education Prize from the American Astronomical Society, the largest organization of professional astronomers in North America. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.
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