Asteroid the size of two Empire State Buildings approaching Earth — Analysis
It’s going to be the first flyby of a large space rock in 2022, according to NASA
A massive asteroid from NASA’s ‘potentially hazardous’ list that is two and a half times the height of New York’s Empire State Building is set to pass Earth later this month.
Asteroid (7482)94 PC1 has a diameter estimated at about a kilometer and is likely to cause a global catastrophe if it hits our planet. The chances of this happening however are very low.
It’s expected to pass some 1.98 million kilometers away from Earth – that’s roughly five times the distance between our planet and the Moon – on January 18.
Robert McNaught discovered an Apollo-class, larger orbiting asteroid in 1994. It completes the circle around Sun in one and seven months.
The space traveler can be observed with the most basic of telescopes every 47 years, but the next time it’s going to come that close to Earth will be in 2105.
For those thinking of stargazing, it’ll be travelling at a whopping 19.56 kilometers per second (70,515 kph) and will look like a shooting star moving across the night sky.
But we Earthlings can sleep easy for now, because, according to NASA’s recent analysis, no major space rock will collide with the planet for at least another 100 years.
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