Asteroid passes close to earth today

Cesar Mills
October 13, 2017

An asteroid the size of a school bus flew remarkably near Earth on Thursday, providing scientists with an opportunity to test the warning systems that would kick in if a space collision was coming. However, the closest distance will be around 6,800 kilometers.

NASA representative Paul Cadas told BBC News: "With the help of this asteroid we're going to test a system that will monitor the asteroids, to describe them and to consider how close they fly, in case if one day will arrive a guest, what can we get".

Earth's global network is made up of volunteer astronomers who monitor specific aspects of the asteroid, such as density, trajectory and size, and communicate with other teams around the world.

It the blast damaged many buildings.

While the Chelyabinsk event caught everyone unawares, TC4 is one of thousands of space rocks whose whereabouts are known.

However, scientists assured us there's absolutely no need to worry.

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This kind of fly-by is quite common - about three objects in TC4's size range graze past at a similar distance every year.

The passing of the asteroid relatively close to Earth is being used by asteroid trackers around the world to test their ability to operate as a coordinated worldwide asteroid warning network. "We will be working hard to demonstrate and track the information to primarily find out if any asteroid pass by would cause any harm to us", Kelley added. "So we wanted to test how ready we are for a potential impact by a hazardous asteroid", he said. The very amusing Joanne McNally and Bernard Casey joined us on the sofa, Kymann and Dara put an age-old food rivalry to the test, Shifts had a really awkward chat with their barber, the super-talented Tara Lee played a cracking Magic Cover and one girl even travelled all the way from Cavan for a free burger.

The rock's closest approach will be over Antarctica at 1:42 a.m. ET on Thursday. TC4 is the 13th object in space that poses a threat to hit the Earth, the Guardian wrote.

And even if they become better at predicting a strike, there is very little to be done about it, for now.

It will not be visible to the naked eye nor with regular binoculars, "but it can be seen in the night of 11-12 October until about 4.00 am from European observatories", Jehn said.

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