next one Tuesday, January 18th, we will be able to observe an asteroid passing close to Earth It will cross space at a speed of up to 80,000 kilometers per hour.
According to the scholars, It has a diameter of 1052 kilometers and will cover a distance of at least 0.13 AU from our planet, Which is equal to millions of kilometres. An astronomical unit (abbreviated as AU or ua) is a unit of length equal to about 149,597,870.7 92,955,807.3 kilometers.
This asteroid is numbered 7482 (1994 PC1). Its first sighting dates back to 1974, although its movements through outer space were not recorded until 20 years later, in 1994.
Like the vast majority of asteroids, Its flight close to the Earth’s atmosphere often raises doubts about the possibility of a collision with Earth.
Although it is very rare for an asteroid to be capable of this penetrate the Earth’s atmosphereSuspicions arose among the citizens after it was described as “dangerous”. That is why many are wondering, is this classification a sign that an asteroid may hit Earth in the next few days?
Distance is the key
The term “potentially dangerous” raises many questions among the population. Its meaning refers to the fact that it is not a passing asteroid and that it has the possibility of being able to collide with the Earth’s atmosphere and even cross and reach the Earth, although it is a millimeter or almost zero probability, but that it is.
In this case, there is no real danger of it hitting the ground since then The asteroid will pass at a distance of about 2 million km.
The danger is not non-existent. This is a microscopic possibility, but the reality of it might happen In a shocking scenario, it causes him to be described as “potentially dangerous”.
However, there is no cause for concern. What looks like an asteroid could cause the same fate that dinosaurs suffered to humans in the past is actually a reference to an almost impossible event. This alerts us so we can see it.
Asteroid 1994 PC1 was discovered in 1994 by astronomer RH McNaught using the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia and after it passed near Earth on Tuesday, the asteroid will again approach a similar distance in 2105.