There's nary request to freak out, but an asteroid that measures a small implicit fractional a mile wide (1 kilometer) volition beryllium coming adjacent capable to our satellite that amateur astronomers whitethorn beryllium capable to get a glimpse of it.
Asteroid 1994 PC1 is coming successful for a plaything past our cosmic country connected Jan. 18. While it's rather a large 'un arsenic abstraction rocks go, it volition comfortably zip by astatine a region of 1.2 cardinal miles (1.93 cardinal kilometers) from Earth. That's much than 5 times the region betwixt our satellite and the moon, truthful if you aren't disquieted astir the satellite crashing into your location adjacent week, you shouldn't beryllium disquieted astir this asteroid either.
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"Near-Earth asteroid 1994 PC1 is precise good known and has been studied for decades by our planetary defence experts," NASA tweeted Wednesday. "Rest assured, 1994 PC1 volition safely alert past our planet."
Asteroids spell whipping by america beauteous overmuch each day. Thousands are cataloged and tracked and astir that walk adjacent by our satellite thin to beryllium beauteous small. 1994 PC1 is simply a beauteous large 1 to beryllium venturing truthful acold extracurricular the asteroid belt, but by nary means is it unprecedented.
The stony elephantine volition travel ripping by astatine a sizzling 43,754 miles per hr (19.5 kilometers per second) comparative to Earth. All that velocity volition marque it observable for backyard telescopes of astir 6 inches oregon wider successful diameter. The easiest mode to spot it is to usage immoderate benignant of skywatching bundle similar Stellarium oregon a website similar In The Sky.
NASA's Eyes website besides offers immoderate chill visualizations to way 1994 PC1's progress.
If the upwind doesn't cooperate wherever you are oregon you aren't overmuch of a backyard astronomer, the Virtual Telescope Project based successful Rome volition beryllium livestreaming a ticker party.