Asteroid twice as big as Burj Khalifa to fly past Earth; NASA shares link to watch it live- Technology News, Firstpost

A giant space rock, bigger than any other building on Earth, is expected to fly past the planet today, January 18. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provided information on the same, saying that the 1994 PC 1, also known as asteroid 7482, is expected to pass safely at a distance of 1,230,000 miles.

Reports suggest asteroid 1994 PC 1 has been classified by NASA as “potentially dangerous” because of its proximity as it rockets past Earth. The asteroid has been studied by NASA’s planet defense experts for decades.

Watch NASA’s tweet here:

According to a report by the Hindustan Times, the giant space rock is about a mile wide, meaning it is twice the size of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (828 meters). An asteroid of this size could cause catastrophic damage to Earth.

The US Space Agency places asteroids in a potentially dangerous category if they are over 140 meters in size and their orbits are within a radius of less than 4.6 million miles from Earth’s orbit around the sun.

Track Asteroid 1994 PC 1 here.

NASA has been monitoring asteroid 1994 PC 1 for decades and it is a Near-Earth Object because it is closer than 1.3 astronomical units (AU), where one AU is equal to 93 million miles.

However, asteroid 1994 PC 1’s closest approach to Earth will occur at 4:51 PM EST today (3:21 AM IST on January 19). According to Earthsky, this will be the closest approximation to this giant space rock in the next 200 years.

The most recent space rock to hit the planet exploded in the atmosphere near Russia eight years ago.

Recently, the US space agency began a mission to intentionally crash a spacecraft into an asteroid as a test flight to prevent a huge space rock from destroying life on Earth. In the fall of 2022, the spacecraft is expected to hit the asteroid.

Keywords: Asteroid, 1994 PC 1, asteroid 7482, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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