Amateurs Help Nasa Track Near Earth Asteroid

Amateur astronomers helped make more than 100 observations of asteroid 2014 HQ124, Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced. The space agency used that data to calculate the near-Earth asteroid's orbit through the year 2200, confirming in the process that the asteroid won’t hit our planet any time soon.

JPL diagram of asteroid 2014 HQ214's position relative to Earth on Sunday. Credit: Nasa/JPL-Caltech

JPL diagram of asteroid 2014 HQ214's position relative to Earth on Sunday. Credit: Nasa/JPL-Caltech

But that doesn't mean it won't come close. The Neowise asteroid-hunting space telescope discovered the asteroid earlier this year. The space rock passed within 1.25 million kilometers of Earth over the weekend.