On Christmas Eve, an asteroid is going to be zipping over your head. Unfortunately, it is going to be incredibly difficult to see even with a large telescope, but take our word for it; it’s there. It’s about half a mile across and there’s been talk in the public about its gravitational pull causing some volcanoes to erupt and earthquakes to shift. Don’t lose sleep over it (then Santa wouldn’t come), this asteroid is passing by at about 28 times the distance to the moon so its gravitational effect will be quite small indeed.
If that’s not enough for you, Christmas night this year will be accompanied by a full moon. So while we may not have a white Christmas on the ground, we will have a brilliantly white Christmas in the sky.
Keep looking up,
Manager of Longway Planetarium