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433 Eros, The Asteroid Of Love

By Rob Schwarz on February 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm
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As I type this, the 21-mile-long asteroid 433 Eros is blissfully skating by Earth.

On January 31, just last week, it was only about 15 million miles away. That’s the closest it’s come since 1975.

It’ll stick around until Valentine’s Day, after which it will dim from view, but now’s your chance to get a good look.

It won’t get this close again until 2056.

433 Eros was discovered on August 13, 1898 independently by Gustav Witt in Berlin and Auguste Charlois at Nice. It’s the second-largest near-Earth asteroid (or NEA) on record, and was named after the Greek god of love, Eros.

Oh, and no: It won’t hit Earth.

Image courtesy NASA/JPL/JHUAPL.

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