By Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
10/12/2017, 3:22:55 PM
Last night featured a close pass from an asteroid. The space rock was about the size of a house. It is actually smaller than the asteroid that caused the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor in Siberia. The asteriod passed a little more than 20,000 miles from our planet.
Asteroid 2012 TC4 last night, caught by Brian Ottum in NM!
— EarthSky (@earthskyscience) October 12, 2017
Here is a great video of the Chelyabinsk meteor.
October is a great month to view the heavens. Sunset is earlier, and there are usually a lack of significant weather systems. It is the only month of the year that I see clear skies from coast to coast at the same time! It seems to happen every October.
The moon is rising later and later, so it will not hinder viewing conditions tonight…