By: Bridget Brady
This Friday, an asteroid one and a half miles long will pass by our planet. Officially titled Asteroid 1998 QE2 (named after the oversized ocean liner), the asteroid will stay a comfortable 3.6 million miles from Earth but will be close enough to give astronomers a good look at its surface.
To mark this event, the White House is hosting a Google+ Hangout to talk about asteroids as part of its We the Geeks discussion series. Participants include Lori Garver, Bill Nye, Ed Lu, Peter Diamandis, and Jose Luis Galache, and the event will be moderated by White House staffer Cristin Dorgelo. The discussion kicks off on Friday, May 31st at 2PM EDT and will cover a range of topics, including asteroid identification, characterization, resource utilization, and hazard mitigation.
Do you have a question about asteroids? Now is your chance to ask experts! After the meteor shower in Russia and the 2012 DA14 asteroid fly-by, we all have an increased awareness of these objects. If you have a question for the experts, leave your question in the comments below. Make sure to check out the Hangout on Friday at 2PM EDT to watch the discussion live!