Astronomers are closely watching an asteroid that will pass Earth tonight.
An asteroid named 7483 or 1994 PC1 is expected to fly as our planet approaches 22.51 on Tuesday, Norwegian time.
Measured to be twice the size of the Empire State Building in New York, it will pass Earth about five times the distance from Earth to the Moon.
This is what causes NASA to classify the asteroid as a potentially dangerous object, he writes Fox News. Even if it doesn’t hit the ground.
Asteroid 1994 PC1 is very well known and has been studied for decades by #PlanetaryDefense experts. Be safe, 1994 PC1 will fly safely across our planet 1.9 million kilometers next Tuesday, January 18,” NASA tweeted last Wednesday.
According to NASA, the asteroid has a diameter of about 1050 meters, and it will fly at a speed of more than 72 thousand kilometers per hour.
Two centuries until next time
The asteroid was discovered in 1994 at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia in 1994 by Robert McNutt.
according to universe todayAn astronomy news site, the asteroid will not approach Earth again until two centuries later.