A smaller asteroid known as 2012 TC4 is going to be making its rounds in October around the 12th, should we be concerned? While the asteroid has been far too distant to detect for the past 5 years it is quickly making its return.
According to Paul Chodas of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA, it will not hit Earth, though it will come quite close to earth. It is said that this space rock is going to come no closer than 4,200 miles from the planet. These calculations have been based on a seven-day tracking that has been carried out of 2012 TC4.
“It will be incumbent upon the observatories to get a fix on the asteroid as it approaches, and work together to obtain follow-up observations than making more refined asteroid orbit determinations possible.”
It has been estimated that this asteroid is around 30-100 feet. This meaning it is about as big as the asteroid that hit Earth’s atmosphere near Chelyabinsk, Russia back in 2013 (that specific asteroid was around 70 feet). This asteroid will safely fly past Earth on October 12th and all will be fine. This asteroid will be used to test the worldwide asteroid detection and tracking network.
“Scientists have always appreciated knowing when an asteroid will make a close approach to and safely pass the Earth because they can make preparations to collect data to characterize and learn as much as possible about it,”
“This time we are adding another layer of effort, using this asteroid fly-by to test the worldwide asteroid detection and tracking network, assessing our capacity to work together in response to finding a potential real asteroid threat.”
For a little more information check out the video below. Only time will tell just how close this asteroid really does come. How close do you think it will be?