There is not any have to freak out, however an asteroid that measures just a little over half a mile huge (1 kilometer) will likely be coming shut sufficient to our planet that beginner astronomers might be able to get a glimpse of it.
Asteroid 1994 PC1 is coming in for a swing previous our cosmic nook on Jan. 18. Whereas it is fairly a giant ‘un as area rocks go, it is going to comfortably zip by at a distance of 1.2 million miles (1.93 million kilometers) from Earth. That is greater than 5 instances the space between our planet and the moon, so if you happen to aren’t apprehensive in regards to the moon crashing into your home subsequent week, you should not be apprehensive about this asteroid both.
“Close to-Earth asteroid 1994 PC1 could be very well-known and has been studied for many years by our planetary protection consultants,” NASA tweeted Wednesday. “Relaxation assured, 1994 PC1 will safely fly previous our planet.”
Asteroids go whipping by us just about day by day. 1000’s are cataloged and tracked and most that cross shut by our planet are typically fairly small. 1994 PC1 is a fairly large one to be venturing up to now exterior the asteroid belt, however on no account is it unprecedented.
The stony large will come ripping by at a scorching 43,754 miles per hour (19.5 kilometers per second) relative to Earth. All that pace will make it observable for yard telescopes of about 6 inches or wider in diameter. The simplest solution to spot it’s to make use of some form of skywatching software program like Stellarium or a web site like In The Sky.
NASA’s Eyes web site additionally presents some cool visualizations to trace 1994 PC1’s progress.
If the climate does not cooperate the place you’re otherwise you aren’t a lot of a yard astronomer, the Digital Telescope Mission primarily based in Rome will likely be livestreaming a watch social gathering.