A small asteroid, designated MPEC 2013 PS13 and first detected on August 4, is scheduled to pass within 0.52 Lunar Distance of the surface of Earth on Friday, August 9, 2013. Not many get that close. The Minor Planet Center reports 24 observations establishing the body’s path and size.
This one will be hard to see. It is estimated to be between 5 and 19 meters in length. (It’s hard to tell. Asteroids are dark, they are irregularly shaped and they move pretty fast.) But it nevertheless serves as a reminder that we have projects watching the skies and those projects are important and should be supported.
For more information and links, visit the Minor Planet Center’s NEO Page (Near Earth Objects Page).