The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on Twitter that asteroid 1994 PC 1, an asteroid studied by scientists for a decade, is expected to pass Earth tomorrow January 18.
NASA has classified the stony asteroid 1994 PC1 as an Near-Earth Object and a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid in the Apollo Group.
NASA has shared the link to track the asteroid’s path.
Follow it yourself here: https://eyes.nasa.gov/apps/asteroids/
It was discovered on August 9, 1994 by astronomer Robert McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran, Australia.
“The near-Earth asteroid #1994 PC1 (~1 km wide) is very well known and has been studied for decades by our #PlanetaryDefense experts. Rest assured, 1994 PC1 will safely fly by our planet at 1.2 million miles away next Tuesday, January 18,” the tweet read.
The asteroid has a diameter of 1 km, that is, larger than the world’s largest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, approaches the Earth.
NASA said at 4:15 a.m. ET on Tuesday, this massive asteroid known as 7482 or 1994 PC1 will make a close appearance about 1.2 million miles from our planet.
This giant asteroid will be visible through a good telescope. Other than that, one can watch this asteroid on their gadgets through the NASA Eyes on Asteroid portal. This can also be tracked on the Virtual Telescope Project website.
Twitteratti expressed concern about whether this asteroid will hit Earth. NASA has confirmed that the 1994 PC1 will fly by Earth. However, empirical understanding confirms that asteroids and meteorites have already touched the Earth’s surface and it is possible that the same will happen tomorrow.
NASA has confirmed that this asteroid will come closest to Earth over the next two centuries. The 1994 PC1 is supposed to fly over the Earth at a speed of 47,344 miles per hour at a distance of 1.2 million miles from Earth.
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