A massive asteroid the size of the Burj Khalifa will pass the Earth today with a diameter of around 1 km, and NASA is offering you the opportunity to see it up close.
Even though NASA stated that the asteroid poses no threat to Earth, it didn’t stop people from speculating and making references to the latest Jennifer Lawrence-Leonardo DiCaprio movie, Don’t Look Up.
The asteroid 7482, also known as 1994 PC1, is about 1.6 km wide and has been categorized by US space agency NASA as a “potentially hazardous object.”
According to Space.com, the asteroid will reach its closest approach on January 18 at 4.51 p.m. EST. At around 2.45 a.m. on January 19 in Indian Standard Time. At a speed of roughly 45,000 miles per hour, the asteroid will pass Earth.
You can watch 1994 PC1’s journey through our solar system on the NASA asteroid tracker, here’s the LIVE link to track Giant Asteroid:
Near-Earth #asteroid 1994 PC1 (~1 km wide) is very well known and has been studied for decades by our #PlanetaryDefense experts. Rest assured, 1994 PC1 will safely fly past our planet 1.2 million miles away next Tues., Jan. 18.— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) January 12, 2022
Track it yourself here: https://t.co/JMAPWiirZh pic.twitter.com/35pgUb1anq
Hope to see it! pic.twitter.com/SmeYVuaGyD— Bryan Haboc (@23BLCH) January 13, 2022
When is the next asteroid predicted to hit the Earth?
NASA launched the first effort to deflect an asteroid last year. Between September 26 and October 1, a small moonlet called Dimorphos will collide with DART. The moonlet’s fate is hoped to be altered by a slight nudge.
According to NASA, no asteroid known to exist poses a threat of colliding with Earth in the next 100 years. According to NASA’s planetary defense website, “the highest risk of collision for a known asteroid is a 1 in 714 likelihood of impact by an asteroid designated 2009 FD in 2185.”