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A large ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroid passing close to Earth on Tuesday

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Astronomers are tracking a large “potentially dangerous” asteroid that is expected to pass relatively close to Earth on Tuesday.

The asteroid, called 7482 (1994 PC1), is expected to fly past our planet around 4:51 p.m., about five times the distance from Earth to the Moon.

“Close to Earth #asteroid 1994 PC1 (~1 km wide) is very well known and studied for decades by our #PlanetaryDefense experts”, NASA tweeted last Wednesday. “Rest assured, 1994 PC1 will fly safely over our planet at 1.2 million kilometers next Tuesday, January 18.”

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With a diameter of approximately 3,451 feet, 1994 PC1 is larger than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and more than double the size of the Empire State Building in New York.

It’s also fast and will travel at a speed of around 45,000 mph as it passes Earth on Tuesday, according to NASA.

A mosaic image of the asteroid Bennu, composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on December 2, 2018 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at a distance of 15 miles (24 km). NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Handout via REUTERS
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Although it won’t hit Earth, NASA considers 1994 PC1 a “potentially hazardous object” due to its size and distance from our planet.

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If you want to check out the space rock, it’s currently tracked by NASA’s “eyes on asteroid” website. You can also watch it on the Virtual Telescope Project livestream, which is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET.

1994 PC1 was discovered in 1994 at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia by astronomer Robert McNaught.

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After Tuesday’s pass, the asteroid won’t come this close to Earth for two centuries, according to Universe Today, a space and astronomy news site.


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