Asteroid to fly close to Earth

Asteroid to fly close to Earth

There's no chance the asteroid will hit the Earth, but its proximity will be used to test an asteroid warning system.

As of now, it has been predicted that the earth faces no major asteroid impact threat for the next 100 years, which should a relief for those looking for space-based conspiracy theories.

On Thursday, a roughly 20-meter wide asteroid dubbed 2012 TC4 will zoom past Earth in a close encounter estimated to be about 44,000 kilometres above Earth- just above the 36,000km plane at which hundreds of geosynchronous satellites orbit the Earth.

Though there's no direct threat to Earth, astronomy scientists will be closely watching it. It would provide the trackers all over the world with a great opportunity to test their capability of functioning as an worldwide asteroid warning network.

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Khidir Mikayilov, Doctor of philosophy in Physics, said that asteroid will approach the Earth at a distance of 43 thousand kilometers, which is about 10 times less than the distance from the Earth to the Moon.

"Things do hit other things, and we're not special in that regard", Williams said. "These are grains of sand". For example, in 2013, a meteoroid, similar to the size of TC4, exploded in the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation and the resulting shockwave blew out the windows of almost 5,000 buildings and injured more than 1,200 people.

"We've now been observing TC4 for two months, so we have very accurate position information on it, which in turn allows very precise calculations of its orbit", which will not cross that of Earth nor its satellites, he said. About 5 tons of meteoric material reached the ground, including a 1,400-pound meteorite divers retrieved from the bottom of Russia's Lake Chebarkul. It will be a good opportunity for people to capture images of the asteroid using telescopes.