There is no have to freak out, however an asteroid that measures just a little over half a mile broad (1 kilometer) can be cruising shut sufficient to our planet that novice astronomers might be able to get a glimpse.
Asteroid 1994 PC1 is coming in for a swing previous our cosmic nook on Jan. 18. Whereas it is fairly an enormous ‘un as house rocks go, it should 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 should you aren’t anxious concerning the moon crashing into your own home subsequent week, you should not be anxious 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 specialists,” NASA tweeted Wednesday. “Relaxation assured, 1994 PC1 will safely fly previous our planet.”
Asteroids go whipping by us just about each day. 1000’s are cataloged and tracked and most that move shut by our planet are usually fairly small. 1994 PC1 is a reasonably large one to be venturing to date exterior the asteroid belt, however in no way 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 velocity will make it observable for yard telescopes of about 6 inches or wider in diameter. The best approach to spot it’s to make use of some kind of skywatching software program like Stellarium or a web site like In The Sky.
NASA’s Eyes website additionally provides some cool visualizations to trace 1994 PC1’s progress.
If the climate would not cooperate the place you might be otherwise you aren’t a lot of a yard astronomer, the Virtual Telescope Project based mostly in Rome can be livestreaming a watch get together.