Hampshire stargazers can see giant asteroid

An artist's impression of asteroid 2004 BL86
An artist's impression of asteroid 2004 BL86
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A HAMPSHIRE astronomer says a pair of binoculars is all people should need to be able to see a giant asteroid passing the earth.

Although in astronomical terms something of a near miss at 750,000 miles, the huge rock, called 2004 BL86, will sweep safely past on January 26.

Richard Judd, president of the Hampshire Astronomical Group at Clanfield Observatory, said: ‘The best time to see it will be between 5pm and 6pm on January 26.

‘It won’t be visible with the naked eye, but will be through binoculars.’

Further details at hantsastro.org.uk