Dear Madame L,
I heard an asteroid is going to be passing close to Earth soon. How can I see it?
Madame L has also heard about
. It will be close to Earth and best viewed on the East coast around 6:30 Eastern time. (If you live on the West coast, like Madame L, you may have much less of a chance to see it, even if it's not obscured by clouds.
Madame L is planning to take part in an online chat with Thomas Statler (National Science Foundation expert on near-Earth asteroids) on Washingtonpost.com. The chat will start at 1:30 pm, Eastern time, and you can submit questions any time before that.
You can also keep updated on the asteroid's flight on the Jet Propulsion Lab's "Asteroid Watch" website.
Happy viewing! Please let Madame L know, Dear Star-Gazing Readers, if you have any luck seeing this extraterrestrial wonder.
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