Two Massive Asteroids, 1 Smaller NEA To Zip Past Earth On Tuesday

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  • The NEAs will pass by Earth on Tuesday, Oct. 13
  • 2018GD2 has been included in the ESA’s Risk List
  • 2020TN3 is expected to be three times as big as the Statue of Liberty in New York

A total of three Near-Earth Asteroids (NEA) are expected to pass by the planet this Tuesday in varying times, the same day when Mars will be in opposition. One of the NEAs to zip by is three times the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

The first of the three to zip past Earth on Tuesday is also the largest. 2020TN3 is about 278 ft in diameter and is expected to zip by early in the morning, at 5:12 a.m. EDT. The giant asteroid will be three times the size of the Statue of Liberty. NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies claims the NEA will be flying by at a safe distance of about 5 million kilometers away from the planet’s surface and luckily has not been included in the European Space Agency’s Risk List.

About an hour after 2020TN3 passes by Earth, a 101-foot asteroid is anticipated to zip by the planet. Asteroid 2020TA3, recently discovered on Oct. 10, will be as long as an adult blue whale and will reach its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 5 million kilometers from the planet. The said NEA is set to fly by at 6:32 a.m. EDT, at a speed of 6 kilometers per second. Asteroid 2020TA3’s next Earth close approach is expected by Oct. 8, 2036, according to the ESA and has also not been included in its Risk List.

The last asteroid to zip by the home planet on Tuesday is called 2018GD2. Although only 25 feet in diameter, this NEA has been included


Mars set for close approach to Earth Tuesday, and you can see the show

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Mars will bright and beautiful in the October 2020 night sky.


Forget Halloween. This October is all about the glory of Mars, as the glimmering red planet puts on a show in the night sky. You can enjoy Mars as a bright point of light all month long, but there are two special dates to mark on your calendar: Oct. 6 when the planet makes a close approach to Earth, and Oct. 13, when it will be in opposition. 

Spotting Mars

Mars has a reputation as the “red” planet, but its color in the night sky is a little more on the Halloween side of the spectrum. It appears as a bright orange-red dot to the naked eye, like a little spot of glittering rust.

Mars’ distinctive color is one clue you’ve found it in the dark. Look to the eastern sky to catch it rising at night. This is a great time for viewing the planet, partly because spotting it is so simple. It should be visible for most of the night. As NASA says, “Simply go outside and look up and, depending on your local weather and lighting conditions, you should be able to see Mars.”

Check out our list of stargazing apps if you want some extra help with locating the planet.

Close approach: Oct. 6

Tuesday, Oct. 6 marks the close approach of Mars to Earth. This would be a great time to grab a telescope and get a little better look. Give a wave to NASA’s Perseverance rover while you’re at it. The vehicle is on track to reach the planet in February 2021. 

NASA shared an artist’s view of of the Tuesday, Oct. 6 close approach compared


Tri-C Brunswick University Center hosts Triceratops Tuesday enrollment event

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BRUNSWICK, Ohio — Cuyahoga Community College will extend hours during a special enrollment event Oct. 13 at the Brunswick University Center to help students register for an upcoming eight-week session of fall classes.


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Triceratops Tuesday will take place from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the center at 3605 Center Road in Brunswick. The sessions offer opportunities to meet with academic counselors and visit enrollment and financial aid offices to solidify a class schedule. Campus bookstores also will be open.

Fall semester’s second eight-week session begins Oct. 19.

Other Tri-C locations hosting Triceratops Tuesday include the Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road in Highland Hills, Metropolitan Campus, 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland; Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma and Westshore Campus, 31001 Clemens Road in Westlake

Visit tri-c.edu/triceratopstuesday or call 216-987-6000 for more information.

Can’t make it to campus? Take advantage of Tri-C’s virtual services to enroll or get answers to your questions. Visit tri-c.edu/livechat to start a conversation.

Hofstra University: Elena Schorr of Medina graduated from Hofstra University in spring 2020, earning a Master of Science in Sports Science.

Baldwin Wallace University: Students from our area were among nearly 600 first-year students welcomed to the Baldwin Wallace University campus this fall who earned more than $10.2 million in scholarships for their outstanding high school achievements. The following local students earned scholarships:

From the Medina area: Tara Adams, a graduate of Cloverleaf Senior High School majoring in communication sciences and disorders, earned a $17,000 Dean’s Scholarship; Emily Bachman, a graduate of Mother of Divine Grace School, earned a $17,000 Dean’s Scholarship; Dom Calabrese, a graduate of Buckeye Senior High School majoring in biology, earned a $17,000 Dean’s Scholarship; Jacob Doerge, a graduate of Buckeye Senior High School majoring in computer science, earned a $21,000


GOLF Channel previews college golf’s fall season, Tuesday, Sept. 29

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With the fall season now underway for many university golf programs around the country, GOLF Channel will premiere a College Central special on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET, previewing the biggest storylines and tournaments scheduled to take place during college golf’s fall season.

GOLF Channel college insider Steve Burkowski will host this evening’s show and be joined by analyst Paige Mackenzie, a former three-time NCAA All-American (Washington), as well as Ryan Lavner (college insider). The special will look ahead to the two premier fall tournaments: Blessings Collegiate Invitational presented by Tyson Foods (Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 5-7), and the East Lake Cup presented by ZipRecruiter and Uber (Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 26-28), both of which will be televised live on GOLF Channel. The show also will welcome head coaches from respective men’s and women’s programs preparing for the fall season, including:

  • Shauna Taylor (Arkansas women’s golf)

  • Kim Lewellen (Wake Forest women’s golf)

  • Matt Thurmond (Arizona State men’s golf)

  • Greg Sands (Texas Tech men’s golf)

BLESSINGS COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL (MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5-7): Announced earlier this month as a multi-year partnership with Blessings Golf Club and Tyson Foods, the new men’s and women’s college golf championship will be contested in Fayetteville, Ark. The competition will mark the first televised event of the 2020’-’21 college golf season and feature a 54-hole stroke play format for individual and team honors. GOLF Channel will deliver live tournament coverage all three days, complemented by news and digital coverage:

Monday, Oct. 5           4:30-7:30 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, Oct. 6           4:30-7:30 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, Oct. 7      4:30-7:30 p.m. ET (Live)

The Blessings Collegiate Invitational is expected to feature some of college golf’s top-ranked individuals, including Ingrid Lindblad (LSU – No. 3 in World Amateur Golf Ranking) and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (South Carolina – No. 4) in the women’s field, along with