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December 17 2012

Huge Asteroid's Flyby; 3-Mile Wide Asteroid Caught on Video


New video recorded last week shows a flyby of a giant asteroid near Earth.

The asteroid known as 4179 Toutatis approached Earth's vicinity on Dec. 12 and was still able to be seen by telescope the day after. The massive 3-mile-wide asteroid was caught on video by scientists at NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif.

The 40 second long video can be seen at Space.com and was put together using a combination of around 64 radar images gathered from Toutatis's two day pass. The high-quality images reveal the details of the asteroid's composition including ridges and bright glints that may be surface boulders.

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