Asteroid 2012 DA14 will fly so close to Earth's gravitational pull that scientists say the space rock could experience violent tremors. The asteroid, which is said to be about half the size of a football field, is expected to pass us by on Friday, and possibly even disrupt telecommunications because of its proximity to Earth—it'll flyby about 17,200 miles from where you and I sit right now, which actually isn't that far in space talk.
According to Richard Binzel, a professor of planetary science at MIT, this is the first opportunity we've had to observe such an event on an object so close to Earth. The phenomenon is referred to as "space weathering," which typically causes asteroids to "shed a worn-looking outer coating," Space.com wrote.
"Gravitational forces during the flybys can stretch, rattle and torque these asteroids, causing dark, space-weathered material on the surface to be overturned, revealing the fresh stuff underneath," Binzel said. "These asteroids experience [seismic activity in the milli- to micro-g range."
Basically, an asteroid quake is nothing like what you'd experience here on Earth. Still, Binzel says a little shaking goes "a long way" in space. The flyby is expected to occur tomorrow afternoon, so we'll see what Binzel and his team learn.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Solve all of your problems, add the perfect calculator to your life
With the right calculator, everything adds up! Whether you need a basic model or one with more advanced functions, there is a calculator that will meet your functional requirements.