If last night you thought you saw something unusual in the sky overhead, you were right.
Asteroid 2004 BL86 passed by Earth last night, with astronomers saying it passed at around three times the distance of the moon.
Mary Stewart Adams is Program Director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Emmet County.
She said by studying things like the asteroid’s composition, we can expand our understanding of how things work in the universe.
“We find out more and more about how our universe began, how our planetary system developed. It’s always just a great opportunity to see something new that we haven’t seen before and see if we can find out something that we don’t already know.”
Adams said the significance of this particular asteroid is it’s size and brightness.
Astronomers say the asteroid is somewhere between 400 and 900 meters wide.
Adams said this is the closest and largest asteroid that’s going to pass by Earth for the next 15 to 20 years.
Lower prices at the pump are not just good for Michigan motorists, but for farmers as well, according to a recent analysis.
According to MSU Extension Services, farmers could save 13% on operational costs this year compared to last, based on current gas prices.
Jerry Lindquist is with the MSU Extension Services.
He said, “Gas prices will be a benefit the longer they stay down as we approach the planting season. It will reduce the price of operations with running of equipment, especially at the tillage time, planting time, and then if it should last into the fall, through the harvest season as well.”
Lindquist said savings will be a particular benefit for producers in northern Michigan, where corn and soybeans are predicted to be less profitable this year, due to low commodity prices.