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The house-sized asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to give Earth a close shave on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 05:42 UTC (1:42 a.m. EDT), swooshing by our planet at a distance of about 31,161 miles (50,150 kilometers). Although there were some worries that this rocky object could hit the Earth, latest observations confirm that it poses no danger to our home planet at all.
Should humanity be afraid that someday a huge asteroid would fulfill one of the apocalyptic scenarios envisaged for Earth, where a space rock smashes into our planet causing a global disaster? Judit Györgyey-Ries, an experienced astronomer at the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory, is working to calm these fears with a scientific approach to the matter.
On Oct. 12, 2017, the asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to whizz by Earth – dangerously close. The exact distance of its closest approach is uncertain at this time, as well as its size. Based on observations in October 2012 when the space rock missed our planet, astronomers estimate that its size could vary from 12 […]