Asteroid (7482) 1994 PC1 during another flyby of Earth in 1997

Almost as in the film Don’t look up (but fortunately less serious).

NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, which monitors the evolution of “Potentially dangerous” celestial objects, He reported that a kilometer-wide asteroid will fly “close” to our planet on January 18.

It is the closest thing to that huge rock, discovered in 1994 and christened 7482 (1994 PC1), will be of our star in the next 200 years, although there is no cause for alarm: it will go to 0.13 astronomical units, that is, 1.9 million kilometers – about five times the distance between the Earth and the Moon-.

Asteroid (7482) 1994 PC1 during another flyby of Earth in 1997Sormano Astronomical Observatory in Italy

According to the site EarthSky.comThis car – which is moving at a speed of almost 80,000 kilometers per hour – will not be visible with the naked eye, although it is likely that those who have a telescope can detect it in the sky.

The asteroid was discovered 28 years ago by Robert McNaught at Australia’s Siding Spring Observatory.

Although it is highly unlikely that an asteroid will collide with the Earth, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the DART mission in November last year – whose acronym in English correspond to Double Asteroid Redirection Test -, which aims to test technology that could eventually be used to deflect or destroy a potentially dangerous space rock.

DART will hit an object called Dimorphos – which does not pose a threat to our planet – in order to record how much its speed and trajectory can be altered. It is estimated that the collision will take place between July and September of this year.

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