Asteroid to zoom ‘damn close’ to Earth on Thursday, will also test planetary defense system


An asteroid the size of a house will zoom past the Earth on Thursday at a distance of some 26,000 miles, NASA said. That’s actually fairly close, when you consider that the moon is about 239,000 miles away.“It’s damn close,” Rolf Densing, head of the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, told …

This is how NASA plans to test its planetary defense systems on a close approach asteroid

NASA is preparing to test out its planetary defense systems on an asteroid that will come extremely close to Earth next week.Asteroid TC4 will pass us by on October 12 at an estimated distance of 31,000 miles—that’s an eighth of the distance between our planet and the moon, so just …

Asteroid 2012 TC4 to pass ‘damn close’ to Earth tomorrow and give rare chance to test planet's space defences  

On Thursday 12 October an asteroid the size of a house will be watched carefully by astrophysicists as it hurtles “damn close” to Earth. The large space rock, named 2012 TC4, was first spotted five years ago by the Pan-STARRS telescope at the Haleakala Observatory, in Hawaii, before disappearing as it …

House sized asteroid due to travel very close to earth – giving NASA a chance to test defence

A NASA planetary defence system could get a test this month when a house-sized asteroid passes close to the Earth. The asteroid, known as 2012 TC4, was first identified by galaxy gazers in Hawaii five years ago, but they were unable to track its orbit. Latest observations taken from Chile …

Close call: passing asteroid to test Earth's warning systems

Dubbed 2012 TC4, the space rock will shave past at an altitude of less than 44,000 kilometers (27,300 miles) – just above the 36,000-km plane at which hundreds of geosynchronous satellites orbit the Earth Published 10:40 PM, October 10, 2017 Updated 10:40 PM, October 10, 2017 ASTEROID 2012 TC4. Screenshot …

Close Encounter With Asteroid Will Test Earth's Early Warning System

GIF Animation of asteroid 2012 TC4 as it passes Earth. Tomorrow (Oct. 12, 2017), the small rock will safely pass by our planet at a distance of approximately 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers). (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)Early tomorrow, a small asteroid will zip past Earth well inside the Moon’s orbit. NASA says …

Small Asteroid Gives Earth a Close Shave in Highly Anticipated Flyby

A small asteroid buzzed Earth early Thursday (Oct. 12) in a close flyby that scientists had been looking forward to for months. The space rock, known as 2012 TC4, zoomed about 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers) above Antarctica at 1:42 a.m. EDT (0542 GMT) Thursday. That’s about 11 percent the …

Asteroid Earth fly-by chance to test risk

With an asteroid on track to safely fly past Earth in the next 24 hours, scientists are jumping on the rare chance to test an international warning system to help brace for an object hitting the planet.The asteroid, about the size of a house, will pass on Thursday afternoon somewhere …