To The Observatory!
I make it a point never to turn my head unless I expect to see something.
And tonight, an asteroid the size of a city block is set to fly by Earth.
I know what you're asking -- does it pose any risk to us humans?
And where can I watch it?
First of all, no -- the asteroid, dubbed 2012 LZ1, will come within 14 lunar distances, which is far enough away so that it will not come crashing through our atmosphere.
But close enough that we may be able to catch it on camera.
According to the Slooh Space Camera, an online skywatching service, 2012 LZ1 just popped onto astronomers' radar this week.
At 8 pm, the service will be streaming the footage live from a camera on the Canary Islands. Here is the link.
If you couldn't tell by now, Bart's Comet is one of my all-time favourite Simpsons' episodes.