Huge 1km-wide asteroid whizzing past Earth, NASA says | world news
A giant asteroid, larger than any building on Earth, will pass by our planet on Tuesday, NASA said.
The asteroid, designated 7482 (1994 PC1), is over a kilometer wide at 1,052 m (3,451 ft).
It is taller than the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifi in Dubai, which is 830m tall.
NASA’s Asteroid Watch Twitter account reassured its followers that the asteroid poses no threat to Earth.
It tweeted on Jan. 12 that the asteroid “is well known and has been studied by our #PlanetaryDefense experts for decades.”
It added that “1994 PC1 will fly safely by our planet 1.2 million miles away next Tuesday.”
The distance is equal to five times the distance of the moon from the earth.
The rocky object was discovered in 1994 by Robert McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.
NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office watches the sky to find, track, and monitor near-Earth objects.
To prevent damage from future asteroids, NASA is testing its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (Dart) program.
The mission aims to prove that a spacecraft can autonomously navigate to and collide with a target asteroid, throwing it off course.