A huge asteroid will approach the Earth next January 18, as reported by the Center for the Study of Near-Earth Objects of the POT. According to scientists, the space rock, called 7482 (1994 PC1), has a diameter of more than 1,000 kilometers.
The rock will pass at a minimum distance from our planet of 0.13 astronomical units (AU), which is equivalent to millions of kilometers, but experts say that does not pose a threat to Earthas it will be five times farther from the planet than the Moon, as it travels at 43,000 mph.
After NASA confirmed that the huge rock will pass close to Earth in January, NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) revealed that the rock is a ‘potentially dangerous object’ as it crosses the orbit of the Earth as it travels around the Sun, despite this it does not pose a threat to our planet.
When will it pass near the earth?
The 1994 PC1 rock is 3,280 feet in diameter, and after its close approach on January 18, 2022 At 4:51 p.m. ET (21:51 GMT), it won’t be that close to Earth again until 2105.
Because this huge space rock will pass relatively close to the Earth, it will be possible to see it with a bind from the patio of any home.
What is the name of the asteroid that will pass through the Earth?
The asteroid that will pass close to Earth It is called “1994 PC1”, orbits the Sun and was first discovered in 1994 by astronomer RH McNaught using the Siding Observatory in Australia. The last known approach this close was in 1933, when it was 699,000 miles from Earth. Its orbit is well known, according to astronomers, and ranges from 0.9 AU to 1.8 AU, where 1 AU is the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
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