Asteroid to shave past Earth inside Moon orbit: ESA

Paris (AFP) – An asteroid the size of a house will shave past Earth at a distance of some 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) in October, inside the Moon’s orbit, astronomers said Thursday.

The space rock will zoom by at an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon — far enough to just miss our geostationary satellites orbiting at about 36,000 kilometres, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

“It will not hit the Earth,” said Detlef Koschny of ESA’s “Near Earth Objects” research team. “That’s the most important thing to say.”

The asteroid, dubbed TC4, first flitted past our planet in October 2012 — then at about double the distance before disappearing. It is about 15-30 metres (49-98 feet) long.

Scientists expected the asteroid to return for a near-Earth rendezvous this year, but did not know how far.

Now, the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile has managed to track down the rock and determine its distance.

“It’s damn close,” said Rolf Densing, who heads the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

“The farthest satellites are 36,000 kilometres out, so this is indeed a close miss,” he told AFP, adding it was nothing to lose sleep over.

“As close as it is right now, I think this prediction is pretty safe… meaning that it will miss.”

Source: Asteroid to shave past Earth inside Moon orbit: ESA

(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Posted in Space

Leave a Reply

Login

Recent Comments

  • User Avatarmia { Hey Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, You were given 4 years to clear up why you were in the US Illegally and you did not do... } – Feb 09, 10:15 AM
  • User Avatarmarc127 { Sounds like they're putting together a backup plan. Replace Clinton with Biden for president. } – Sep 13, 4:07 PM
  • User Avatarmarc127 { how much of a fool do they take the american public to be? This is not good for Clinton either way they try to spin... } – Sep 13, 11:09 AM
  • User Avatarmia { i guess, since i'm not voting for Clinton that i am a deplorable. if she thinks 1/2 of the US population is so deplorable, why... } – Sep 12, 11:27 AM
  • User Avatarmia { when you see some new technology in a movie or TV show, typically i find it is being shown to get a reaction from the... } – Sep 12, 9:28 AM
  • User Avatarmia { As long as the debate is not longer than 1-2 minutes, maybe Clinton will be able to stand on her own. After than, she will... } – Sep 12, 9:10 AM

Categories

August 2017
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  

Recent Tweets

  • New post: BARWY SZCZESCIA ODC 1682 ONLINE https://t.co/j4HOe16u31 #Uncategorized ##uncategorized
    about 5 hours ago
  • New post: EL PRINCIPE DZIELNICA ZLA ODC 34 ONLINE https://t.co/ZksnoUwKmV #Uncategorized ##uncategorized
    about 6 hours ago
  • New post: NA SYGNALE ODC 147 ONLINE https://t.co/bSkfFF3nIM #Uncategorized ##uncategorized
    about 6 hours ago
  • New post: ZRANIONA MILOSC ODC 70 ONLINE https://t.co/Ht99pSHbkZ #Uncategorized ##uncategorized
    about 6 hours ago
  • New post: WOJNA O PLANETE MALP ONLINE https://t.co/G9QIoEhymB #Uncategorized ##uncategorized
    about 16 hours ago