ASTEROID FLYBY: Newly-discovered asteroid 2016 FY3 is flying past Earth today about 1.5 million miles away. There's no danger of a collision, but the 310 meter-wide space rock is close enough to see through amateur telescopes. Dennis Simmons photographed it this morning from Brisbane, Qld, Australia:
"Wow, this is quite a large rock for such a close pass, so I set up hoping that the weather conditions would let me record this event," says Simmons. "A hole in the patchy cloud cover allowed me to capture the asteroid glowing like a 14th magnitude star."
2016 FY3 comes from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and that is where it will return after today's flyby. Amateur astronomers who wish to track the asteroid as it recedes from Earth can point their GOTO telescopes using this ephemeris.