September 30, 2023

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A giant asteroid will “pass” near the Earth this Tuesday; Learn How To Follow – Science

One asteroid About a kilometer wide, it will pass close to Earth at the start of Tuesday night, the 18th planet, according to US space agency (NASA). This is as close as can be expected over the next two centuries.

The object is named 7482 (1994 PC1) And it must pass at a speed of 76,192 km / h. NASA said it would not be visible to the naked eye. It is possible to observe the asteroid’s path through the NASA “Eyes on Asteroids” portal or with telescopes.

In order for a space object to be considered “close to Earth”, it must pass at a distance of at least 48 million km. Despite this consideration, there is no risk of collision with the planet.

While it is considered large for a space object, it is not the largest that has ever come close to Earth. In 2017, the asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) It had dimensions between 4 and 84 kilometers in width and flew above Earth on September 1, 2017. It is scheduled to pass again in 2057.

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