A space rock the extent of a house will fly past Earth on Thursday, and it will be nearer than the Moon. However, it won’t have any effect and so does not represent a risk, Agence France-Press announced.
The space rock, 2012 TC4, first drifted past Earth in October 2012 at a separation of around 55,000 miles. However, it will now fly past at a separation of approximately 27,300 miles.
A space rock is a moderately little, dormant, rough body circling the sun. About once every year, a small-sized space rock hits Earth’s air but wrecks before reaching the surface.
“We’ve now been watching TC4 for two months, so we have exceptionally exact position data on it, which thus permits extremely accurate counts of its circle,” NASA’s Mike Kelley told AFP.
Asteroid to be carefully tracked
Kelley will lead the activity to spot, track and personally test the space rock. He said there was “no threat. Not notwithstanding for satellites.”
The nearby approach, however, will allow research groups to test the worldwide space rock’s pre-cautioning framework, which may help accelerate computations of when and where approaching space rocks could strike Earth.
TC4 will come back to Earth in 2050 and again in 2079 as revealed by a scientist at the European Science Agency.