An asteroid will pass close to Earth on January 18

An asteroid called “1994 PC1” will pass close to Earth on January 18th. It has been classified as “potentially dangerous” by scientists, according to NASA. But, let’s be reassured, there is no chance that our planet will be struck by this asteroid.

Like 90% of objects larger than one kilometer, 1994 PC1 is known to astronomers. The first observations of “this gigantic ‘big pebble’ date back to 1974”, specifies to West France Patrick Michel, research director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

A passage of nearly 2 million kilometers

This celestial object measures over a kilometer. This size corresponds to the “critical threshold of catastrophe if it fell on Earth” explains the researcher. But there is no risk since the asteroid will pass relatively far: at 1.93 million kilometers, or five times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon.

The asteroid can be observed using a telescope. But since the celestial object is not bright enough, it will be necessary to equip yourself with a telescope of at least six inches. It will also be possible to observe it on the Internet thanks to the Virtual Telescope project. The next passage of this large pebble is scheduled for the same day in 84 years.

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