Astronomers are tracking a large and “potentially hazardous” Asteroid set to make a relatively close pass by the Earth on Tuesday. The, called 7482 (1994 PC1), is expected to fly by our planet around 4:51 p.m. ET, at about five times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.
With a diameter of roughly 3,451 feet, 1994 PC1 is larger than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and more than twice the size of the Empire State Building in New York City. It’s also fast and will be traveling at a speed of roughly 45,000 mph when it passes by Earth on Tuesday.
In September this year, a NASA spacecraft will deliberately crash into an Asteroid to change its motion in space — testing technology developed to deflect an hit. The DART mission, or the Double Redirection Test, the spacecraft is aiming for Dimorphos, a small moon orbiting the near-Earth Asteroid Didymos.
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