November 25, 2015 | Updated at 07:06 PM EST The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

Huge Asteroid's Flyby; 3-Mile Wide Asteroid Caught on Video

New video from NASA shows the recent flyby of the giant Toutatis asteroid.

By Dexter Keyton, EnStars on Dec 16, 2012 09:19 PM EST
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
(Photo : NASA)

New video recorded last week shows a flyby of a giant asteroid near Earth.

The asteroid known as 4179 Toutatis approached Earth's vicinity on Dec. 12 and was still able to be seen by telescope the day after.

The massive 3-mile-wide asteroid was caught on video by scientists at NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. 

The 40 second long video can be seen at and was put together using a combination of around 64 radar images gathered from Toutatis's two day pass. The high-quality images reveal the details of the asteroid's composition including ridges and bright glints that may be surface boulders.

The asteroid can also be seen spinning about its long axis every 5.4 days and the moves clumsily through space.

The Slooh Space Camera and Virtual Telescope Project also provided a live stream of the asteroid as it made its first approach.

While Toutatis was near enough for a stellar show, it wasn't close enough to be a threat to the planet. The asteroid buzzed the Earth at a distance of around 4.3 million miles which can be compared to the distance the moon orbits from Earth at around 240,000 mile.

Toutatis takes a single trip around the sun around every four years. The next time it will make a similar approach to the Earth will be in November 2069. During that occasion it will be closer than it was during the recent planetary buzz and should come about 1.8 million miles away from Earth.

The asteroid may pass Earth again on another round in the future and if it ever did hit the planet, it would cause massive damage, according to MSN. However, scientists do not believe Toutatis could pose a threat to the planet for at least another four centuries. The asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs when it hit Earth 65 million years ago was around 6-miles-wide.

© 2015 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


Latest News

Witches Of East End

'Witches Of East End' Closure In Novel Gets Poor Review

It was good news when it was announced that answers to 'Witches of East End' would be tied up in a book, but those answers may not be that satisfying.


Is 'Nashville' Going Off The Air After This Season Ends?

Uh-oh. 'Nashville' may not be so lucky for a renewal after this season.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who's 'Heaven Sent' Even More Devastating Than Clara's Death? Steven Moffat Explains

Twelve is in for one of his toughest episodes ever, but is anything worse than losing Clara?

Dan Bilzerian

Watch A Guy Fall Into Dan Bilzerian's Pool On His Motorbike

Things continue to get more bizarre at the home of Dan Bilzerian.

Adam Levine Behati Prinsloo

Carson Daly 'Can't Wait' For Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo To Have Kids

Can the public expect a mini Adam Levine-Behati Prinsloo sometime soon?


Major 'Shadowhunters' Kiss Announced! Find Out Who Will Lock Lips In Episode 7

The series' sexual tension will come to a climax as midseason approaches...

Kiki Cooper 'Are You The One'

Kiki Dishes On That Crazy Tiff From Amanda On 'Are You The One?'

Kiki from 'Are You The One' opened up on that bizarre moment when Amanda called her out at the match-up ceremony.

Miley Cyrus, Brandi Cyrus, Jared Leto & Tish Cyrus

Miley Cyrus & Jare Leto Are Rumored To Be Dating (Again) & This Time They're Getting Kinky!

Find out the dirty new details of Miley Cyrus' relationship with Jared Leto.

Khloe Kardashian

Is Khloe Kardashian Bitter Because Of Her Staph Infection?

Khloe Kardashian has been putting in a lot of work to help Lamar Odom, but at the end of the day, is it worth it for the reality star?

Scott Disick & Kourtney Kardashian

Are Kourtney Kardashian And Scott Disick Getting Married?

Is Kourtney Kardashian ready to take back Scott Disick... and marry him, too?

Real Time Analytics