Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Huge, one km -wide asteroid will pass by Earth today

An asteroid estimated to be about a kilometre wide will fly by Earth today.
It will pass within 1.9 million kilometres of our planet, moving at 76,193km/hr, according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which tracks potentially hazardous comets and asteroids that could collide with our planet.
The approaching asteroid is known as 7482 (1994 PC1), and it was discovered in 1994, according to NASA.
Nobody expects 7482 (1994 PC1) to hit Earth, but it’s the closest the asteroid will come for the next two centuries, according to NASA projections. The asteroid is expected to be at its nearest to our planet at about 9pm (AEST).
It won’t be the largest asteroid ever to sweep past Earth. That honour belongs to the asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3), which flew by and missed colliding with Earth on September 1, 2017.
That asteroid is estimated to be about 8km wide, and it will make another pass on September 2, 2057. NASA described 7482 (1994 PC1) as “bridge size.”
Asteroids, and other near-Earth objects, zip past our planet multiple times a week.
In addition to 7482 (1994 PC1), three other asteroids will pass by Earth today, according to NASA. However, none of the objects – which range from bus to aircraft-size – are as big as 7482 (1994 PC1); nor will they pass as close.
While the asteroid is unlikely to be visible today with the naked eye, amateur astronomers with a small telescope should be able to spot it, according to the website EarthSky.com.

Latest news

How’s thaatttt ! Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match

By Fiji Times Team Sydneysiders attended one-of-a-kind Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match organised by Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS,...

Masks may be back as COVID-19, flu surge across Australia

Doctors are pushing for indoor mask mandates to be introduced as COVID-19 numbers surge in several Australian states. Earlier this week Australian Medical Association (AMA) president...

NSW mayor stabbed in violent home invasion

An NSW mayor is in hospital after a group of intruders forced their way into his house and stabbed him. Police were told five to six men broke...

Plastic bag ban in NSW from June 1

New South Wales will from next month join the rest of Australia in banning single use plastic bags - with more bans to come later...

Related news

How’s thaatttt ! Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match

By Fiji Times Team Sydneysiders attended one-of-a-kind Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match organised by Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS,...

Masks may be back as COVID-19, flu surge across Australia

NSW mayor stabbed in violent home invasion

An NSW mayor is in hospital after a group of intruders forced their way into his house and stabbed him. Police were told five to six men broke...

Plastic bag ban in NSW from June 1

New South Wales will from next month join the rest of Australia in banning single use plastic bags - with more bans to come later...

DC defeat Punjab Kings, Capitals in top four now

DC spinners Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav delivered in the middle overs as Shardul  Thakur alone complemented the duo with 4 wickets as Delhi...

Ukrainian soldiers claim reaching Russian Border; UK Intel says Russian army losing steam

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence has released an update on the situation in Ukraine where it has stated that Russian forces have suffered...

Chief Secretaries’ meet likely to be held at Dharamshala in June

Chief Executive officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant called on Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in Shimla on Monday. Discussions were held about organizing...

LABOR CARES FOR THE ELDERLY SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY IN NSW

An Albanese Labor Government will help deliver better aged care services for the South Asian community in New South Wales by investing in aged...