Asteroid Passing Earth Thursday Won't Hit Us-Yet

Asteroid Passing Earth Thursday Won't Hit Us-Yet

Asteroid Passing Earth Thursday Won't Hit Us-Yet

On October 12, 2017, this asteroid will make another close flyby of Earth.

An asteroid the size of a large house will pass by Earth at a distance of around 27,000 miles (44,000km) on Thursday. It is just 1/8th the distance from the Earth to the Moon. "Not even for satellites".

"We've now been observing TC4 for two months, so we have very accurate position information on it, which in turn allows very precise calculations of its orbit", which will not cross that of Earth nor its satellites, he said. The Chelyabinsk meteor exploded about 12 miles over Russian Federation with about 30 times more power than the nuclear bomb over Hiroshima in 1946.

The resulting shockwave blew out the windows of almost 5,000 buildings and injured more than 1,200 people.

Millions of similar asteroids' locations are not known, while TC4 is one of just thousands that can be tracked.

On its 609-day loop around the Sun, TC4 will return to Earth in 2050 and 2079, according to Ruediger Jehn of the European Space Agency's Near-Earth Object programme in the Netherlands.

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The asteroid was spotted five years ago as it passed by Earth at about double the distance it is expected to approach us on Thursday.

As of now, it has been predicted that the earth faces no major asteroid impact threat for the next 100 years, which should a relief for those looking for space-based conspiracy theories.

The asteroid drifted out of range of the asteroid-tracking telescopes shortly after it was detected.

"This campaign is a team effort that involves more than a dozen observatories, universities and labs around the globe so we can collectively learn the strengths and limitations of our near-Earth object observation capabilities", said Dr. Vishnu Reddy, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, leader of the 2012 TC4 observation campaign. The very amusing Joanne McNally and Bernard Casey joined us on the sofa, Kymann and Dara put an age-old food rivalry to the test, Shifts had a really awkward chat with their barber, the super-talented Tara Lee played a cracking Magic Cover and one girl even travelled all the way from Cavan for a free burger.

Many scientists believe that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid.

Sky and Telescope notes its approach is close enough that the rock's orbit will get a small deviation from Earth's gravity.

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