An Asteroid Is Heading Close to Earth (VIDEO)

An Asteroid is Heading Close to Earth
Graphic of the 2014 RC asteroid orbit
NASA/JPL-Caltech

09/06/2014 AT 07:25 PM EDT

Don't panic!

A large-ish asteroid is expected to pass close to Earth on Sunday, but what NASA means by "close" and what the average earthling means by "close" isn't quite the same thing – it will be 25,000 miles away.

Stargazers won't even be able to see asteroid 2014 RC without a telescope. (And while we're at it, why can't space objects have more interesting names? How about celebrity namesakes – name the stars after the stars?)

However, the fact that celestial object 2014 RC – or, as we like to call it, the Beyoncé asteroid, in honor of her birthday this week – was only discovered last weekend may cause some alarm.



The Washington Post pointed out that a week is short notice for a possible space disaster.

"The idea that there are objects hurtling their way toward Earth that scientists have not yet discovered is mildly disconcerting," the Post said.

NASA, though, sees the near-miss as an opportunity.

"While this celestial object does not appear to pose any threat to Earth or satellites, its close approach creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids."

People of Earth, rest easy, this is just a test.

See the video below for more on the space event:



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