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The asteroid 1566 Icarus makes a close approach on June 16, 2015 as it passes within just 5 million miles of Earth. Like its namesake, this spacerock is getting in trouble for flying too close. Join Slooh for a live show to have a look at this 1 km long asteroid and learn why it’s an important object for astronomers to study and understand. During this show, Slooh astronomers will discuss:

  • Where Icarus gets its name and what makes it unlike most other asteroids 
  • The history of observing Icarus and the chances of the asteroid getting too close to Earth
  • How a group of MIT students in 1967 used the asteroid Icarus to develop a plan to save the world
  • Why it’s important to track asteroids like Icarus and what it means to the long-term safety of Earth

While the little asteroid will pass us at just 21x the Earth-Moon distance, it’s too dim to see visually in most backyard telescopes. But it’s well within reach of Slooh’s robotic telescopes and cameras, so during the show Slooh members can see live views of Icarus as it makes its close approach. Mark your calendars to join us on June 16!