House-sized asteroid 2012 TC4 reaches closest to Earth

House-sized asteroid will pass near to Earth this week

According to AFP, asteroid 2012 TC4 will come within 27,000 miles of Earth-about one-eighth the distance between the Earth and moon and about 5,000 miles above most of the satellites orbiting Earth.

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.

"We know today that it will also not hit the Earth in the year 2050, but the close flyby in 2050 might deflect the asteroid such that it could hit the Earth in the year 2079", said Rüdiger Jehn of the European Space Agency's Near-Earth Object programme in the Netherlands. It is speeding through space at about 30,000 miles per hour and has brightened as it approaches Earth. Eastern Time Thursday morning, October 12.

NASA hopes to use an global network of observatories to track 2012 TC4 - which could still pass as close as 6,700km or as far away as 273,000km.

Khidir Mikayilov, Doctor of philosophy in Physics, said that asteroid will approach the Earth at a distance of 43 thousand kilometers, which is about 10 times less than the distance from the Earth to the Moon.

It's a long shot that any large asteroid will hit Earth, Paul Chodas, the project manager for Near Earth Object Studies in Pasadena, California, told The Christian Science Monitor.

"Understanding these things is critically important because if a big thing is coming and we didn't know about it there's very little we could do". "Just look up at the night sky and you can see things burning up in the atmosphere".

Though larger, this space rock isn't expected to come as close as the asteroid that exploded over Russian Federation in 2013. It will be a good opportunity for people to capture images of the asteroid using telescopes.



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