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Asteroid Passing Earth Thursday Won't Hit Us-Yet

11 October 2017, 06:14 | Regina Holmes

Asteroid 2012 TC4More

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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.

Amateur astronomers have captured images of 2012 TC4 with small telescopes.

The upcoming asteroid will fly over the Pacific Ocean at 1:42 AM ET.

Recently, a huge asteroid named Florence came record-breaking close to Earth during its fly-by and now our Earth is gearing up to witness another near-miss flyby of a house-sized asteroid. Its 12.2 minute spin rate might also change. The close approach will allow researchers to learn the composition of the asteroid. Program scientist at NASA, Michael Kelly, said that the upcoming flyby does not pose any danger to the Earth and not even to its satellites.

"It's very important these things are done, it's a big sky, things could come from any direction and there could be an asteroid with our name on in it", added Glenn. The scientists said that although the asteroid does not pose any threat to Earth but still this close approach will help them to track its orbit and give them a rare chance to rehearse for a real-life asteroid which could enter Earth's atmosphere and pose a threat to our planet.

Scientists found this asteroid about five years ago when it had been at the twice the current distance away from the Earth before disappearing view.

Meanwhile, this asteroid which is nearly the size of a house will pass somewhere between 18,000-40,000 kilometers of the Earth's surface, just inside the space where geostationary satellites orbit in general.

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.

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