NASA says asteroid passed near Earth

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 13, 2017

An asteroid the size of a house passed by Earth at a distance of around 26,000 miles on Thursday, Oct. 12, according to NASA.

"We know today that it will also not hit the Earth in the year 2050, but the close flyby in 2050 might deflect the asteroid such that it could hit the Earth in the year 2079", Rüdiger Jehn of the European Space Agency told AFP.

The detection program involves "more than a dozen observatories, universities and labs around the globe" in what campaign leader Vishnu Reddy with the Lunar and Planet Laboratory at the University of Arizona called a "team effort", Space.com reported.

Less than a day later, the asteroid is already on a journey away from Earth. So if it was a large asteroid, it would be something to be more concerned about, but even if it had entered the Earth's atmosphere last night, it likely would've burned up before it struck the Earth.

If a mid-sized or large asteroid did hit Earth, it could cause catastrophic damage to a populated area or even cause global mass extinction, Newsweek reported.

As its name suggests, the asteroid was first spotted in 2012 by a telescope in Hawaii.

In 2013, a meteor with similar size to TC4 exploded over Russian Federation, blowing out windows in 5,000 buildings and injuring 1,200 even though it never hit the earth.

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