Earth to witness asteroid swingby over the southern sky on Thursday

Earth to witness asteroid swingby over the southern sky on Thursday

In other words, if there's a real, Armageddon-style asteroid threatening Earth, expert bodies around the world will be able to detect it and hopefully be able to come up with a better plan than sending a bunch of oil drillers up in space to divert it away from sending us into oblivion. Shock waves shattered windows and knocked down onlookers as fragments of the disintegrating space rock peppered the Ural countryside.

Asteroid 2012 TC4, 10 to 30 meters wide, is expected to pass between Earth and the Moon at a distance of about 27,000 miles from Earth. "After that, it becomes possible it could get very close and given the uncertainty of its trajectory you could have a potential impact further down the scale, it's just one of many reasons why the work being done by tracking stations and observatories is so crucial, he explained", Glenn concluded. It will pass by Earth at about 1:42 a.m. It would provide the trackers all over the world with a great opportunity to test their capability of functioning as an global asteroid warning network. Helping to monitor similar asteroids and prepare for that planning is a process in which the CSIRO-NASA Canberra tracking station is set to play an important role after a trial of the Goldstone Solar System Radar, which allows scientists to investigate objects in space. The odds of that happening are about one in about 500,000 in any given year, Chodas said, noting that the larger the asteroid, the less the chance of an impact. It will not hit our planet, but it's coming very close. "These are grains of sand".

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Four years ago, a house-sized asteroid tore through the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and exploded. 2012 TC4 is also not close to the geostationary satellites deployed to boost the communication and navigation systems on Earth. It will be a good opportunity for people to capture images of the asteroid using telescopes.

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