A kilometer-wide asteroid will come closest to Earth next week

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It will pass within 1.2 million miles of our planet and move at 47,344 miles per hour, according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which detect potentially dangerous comets and asteroids that could collide with our planet.

The approaching asteroid is known as 7482 (1994 PC1), and it was discovered in 1994, according to NASA.

No one expects 7482 (1994 PC1) to hit Earth, but it is the closest asteroid will come in the next two centuries, according to NASA’s forecasts. The airport is expected to take place on Tuesday, January 18 at 4:51 PM ET.

NASA launches mission to crash into a terrestrial asteroid to try to change its motion in space

It will not be the largest asteroid ever swept past Earth. That honor belongs to the asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3), which flew by and failed to collide with Earth on September 1, 2017. The asteroid is estimated to be between 2.5 miles and 5.5 miles wide, and it passes again on September 2, 2057.

While 7482 (1994 PC1) will hardly be visible to the naked eye, amateur astronomers with a small telescope should be able to spot it, according to the website EarthSky.com.

In September this year, a NASA spacecraft will deliberately crash into an asteroid to change its motion in space – test technology developed to deflect an asteroid hit.

Known as DART mission, or Double Asteroid Redirection Test, the spacecraft is aimed at Dimorphos, a small moon orbiting the near-terrestrial asteroid Didymos.

Earth-like objects are asteroids and comets with orbits that place them within 30 million miles (48 million kilometers) of Earth. Discovering the threat of terrestrial objects or NEOs that could potentially cause serious damage is a primary focus of NASA and other space organizations around the world.


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