NASA has revealed that a massive asteroid is moving close to Earth and has revealed an easy way to view it live.
Since early January 2022, a number of asteroids have been reported to be approaching and whizzing close to Earth. However, the buzz around asteroids around the world is not subsiding. Rode? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reported that an asteroid with a diameter of about 1 km, which is larger than even the world’s largest building Burj Khalifa, is coming close to Earth. Plus, you can actually spot and view the asteroid on your gadget. About this asteroid, NASA said that over the next two days, i.e. on January 18 at 4:51 PM ET, this emerging massive asteroid known as 7482 or 1994 PC1 will appear at close range about 1.2 million miles away from our planet. That’s very close in space terms for an asteroid to pass Earth.
However, NASA had some reassuring words to say about this particular asteroid. In a tweet, NASA said: “Near-Earth asteroid 1994 PC1 (~1 km wide) is very well known and has been studied for decades by our Planetary Defense experts. Rest assured, 1994 PC1 will fly safely past our planet at 1.2 million miles distance next Tuesday, January 18 (sic).” The massive 1994 PC1 asteroid was first discovered in 1994 by Robert McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. The orbit of this asteroid around the sun takes 1.57 Earth years. This means that its orbit intersects with Earth’s every 30 years.
Can humans see this giant asteroid?
Of course you can! This giant asteroid is visible through a good telescope. But if you don’t have access to a telescope, you can still watch it live on the Virtual Telescope Project’s website or follow it yourself on NASA’s “Eyes on Asteroids” portal.
“What if this asteroid hit Earth?”
This is a question that worries everyone about the giant, larger than the asteroid the size of Burj Khalifa. Well, you should know that some asteroids have hit Earth throughout its history, and there’s a possibility that they will again. Even meteoroids, the smaller version of the asteroids, are constantly colliding with Earth, what we commonly call shooting stars.
NASA has confirmed that asteroid 1994 PC1 will pass within 1.2 million miles of our planet at a speed of 77,344 miles per hour, which will be the closest asteroid to Earth over the next two centuries. Despite being the closest, it won’t be close enough to ring alarm bells. NASA says Earth will be safe from this massive asteroid.