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For the second time in just three weeks, an asteroid the size of a house will pass between the Earth and the Moon just days after its discovery, causing consternation across the globe. Asteroid 2017 BX, nicknamed Rerun in honor of the beloved, late actor Fred Berry, will make its close approach just before midnight Eastern on Tuesday night. Just a few hours before, at 5:30 PM EST, Slooh will point their telescopes at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands toward the skies to catch a glimpse of the asteroid as it approaches.

During the broadcast, Slooh Astronomers will be on hand to answer questions about the newly discovered asteroid. They’ll discuss its size, speed and makeup, while also exploring why smaller asteroids like Rerun and its larger cousin so often go undetected until just days before they reach their closest point to the planet.

Rerun, or NEA 2017 BX, was first discovered on January 20th, and will make it’s closest approach to the Earth at 4:54 UTC on January 25th (11:54 EST, January 24th). At the time of its closest approach, Rerun will be only 162,252 miles away, 30% closer than the Moon.

Viewers are encouraged to ask questions on Slooh’s astronomers by Tweeting them to @Slooh or by taking part in the live chat on Facebook.