South Africa waits for asteroid
The SA Astronomical Observatory says the asteroid will be really faint.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Astronomical Observatory on Friday said stargazers in Johannesburg will have an advantage over Cape Town when a 130,000 tonne asteroid hurtles past earth.
The 45 metre-long "lump of rock" will fly closer that the moon and inside a ring of satellites circling the planet, but a collision has been ruled out.
Earlier, more than 500 people were injured in Russia following a meteor shower which left a dramatic white trail across the sky.
Officials are investigating whether the events might be linked to tonight's phenomenon.
Astronomer Nicola Loaring said the asteroid will look fairly unremarkable.
"You need to know where to look because you can't see it with your naked eye. It will look like a very faint star."
She said the asteroid will be visible at around 9.30pm.
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