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Giant asteroid to fly by Earth today, here’s how you can track it

The asteroid will safely fly past our planet at a distance of 1.9 million kilometres, which is about five times the distance between the Earth and Moon.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 19, 2022 1:36:33 pm
asteroid, NASA, space, earth, asteroid near earth, asteroid passing, indian expressA near-Earth asteroid named 7482 (1994 PC1) will safely fly past our planet today at a distance of 1.2 million miles or 1.9 million kilometres.

NASA’s Asteroid Watch informed about a near-Earth asteroid named 7482 (1994 PC1) will whiz safely past our planet on Tuesday. It will fly past the earth at a distance of 1.2 million miles or 1.9 million kilometres, which is about five times the distance between the Earth and Moon.

While NASA made it clear that the asteroid doesn’t pose any danger to the Earth, it didn’t stop people from speculating or referencing the recent Jennifer Lawrence-Leonardo DiCaprio disaster film, Don’t Look Up.

However, most were happy to follow the journey of the asteroid  on NASA’s website. NASA also shared how the giant asteroid could be tracked.

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According to earthsky.org the 7482 (1994 PC1) will shine at around magnitude 10. This magnitude is less than the shine of Venus and other stars seen by our naked eyes in the sky. The website adds that a 6-inch or larger backyard telescope can help spot the asteroid, but you also need to make sure there is no light pollution.

Last year NASA launched the world’s first mission to deflect an asteroid. Named DART, it will collide with a small moonlet called Dimorphos between September 26 and October 1. It is hoped that the small nudge can change the course of the moonlet.

According to NASA, no known asteroid poses a risk of impact with Earth over the next 100 years. “The highest risk of impact for a known asteroid is a 1 in 714 chance of impact by an asteroid designated 2009 FD in 2185,” NASA’s planetary defense website adds.

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