An asteroid with similar mass to a house is all set to take a close fly by to Earth in the coming month, declared NASA. The asteroid, named as ‘2012 TC4’ is going to pass with an extreme proximity to earth’s surface on 12th October and astronomers are completely ready to frame this rare event. The accurate proximity of the space rock to earth’ surface is yet to be confirmed by the NASA team. But as confirmed, the asteroid will have a safe distance from our planet, while passing.
Many teams of scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and also from the European Space Agency (ESA) are equipping up to monitor the exact location and trajectory of this near-Earth object as it has not seemed since its discovery in 2012. The asteroid 2012 TC4 was detected by astronomers from the Hawaii-based Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS). With a mass of 33 feet to 100 feet or 10 to 30 meters, the asteroid was last seen in 2012, while taking its close flyby of the earth. Since then, it was missing from the global astronomical frame, and hence the astronomer community across the world is highly excited to see the asteroid again passing the earth.
As revealed by NASA, the asteroid 2012 TC4 is one of the most detached and pale asteroids, be discovered over the last half decade. Since its discovery, scientists from NASA and ESA have been monitoring and tracking it with the help of a variety of powerful telescopes and other instruments, including the Very Large Telescope Observatory of ESA. With the aid of those focused telescopes and tools, NASA and ESA now have provided a clear-cut prediction bout the flyby of the asteroid to Earth. As disclosed by NASA, the asteroid 2012 TC4 will pass earth with an approximate proximity of 27,000 miles or 43,500 kilometres, which is nearly one-eighth of the distance of earth to the moon.
Some earlier made observations pointed that the asteroid may come to approximately 4,200 miles or 6,800 kilometres close to earth during its latest flyby. However, denying the suggestion, NASA has confirmed about the safe flyby of the 2012 TC4 to earth. According to the officials of NASA, the forthcoming flyby of 2012 TC4 poses no risk of any impact with earth. However, for ensuring complete safety and protection to our planet, astronomers will keep on chasing and monitoring the course of the asteroid all through the flyby on 12th September. NASA with the help of International Asteroid Detection and Tracking Network is all set to monitor the activities and movement of the asteroid, confirmed its official.
Alongside NASA and ESA, the NASA-funded International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) will also be conducting additional examinations and observations to track the asteroid in the mid weeks of September as a part of its program of its “recovery, classification and mentioning of a potentially dangerous stellar object approaching Earth.”