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A large asteroid is expected to come close to the Earth.
According to media reports released Wednesday, an asteroid larger than the world’s tallest skyscraper will pass through Earth’s orbit next week.
The asteroid, known as 7482 (1994 PC1), is expected to fly past Jan. 18 but is not predicted to collide with Earth directly.
According to NASA, it will come within 1.2 million miles of Earth, close enough to earn the “possibly dangerous” moniker for its “potential to make threatening approaches to the Earth,” as reported by CBS News.
In 1994, the agency began tracking the asteroid. It’s going at a speed of 47,344 kilometers per hour (29,418 miles per hour), and at about two-thirds of a mile wide, it’s a little broader than the world’s tallest structure, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 828 meters (2,716.5 feet).
Asteroids hurtling by Earth are nothing new; there are an estimated 25,000 so-called near-Earth asteroids that are at least 500 feet wide and might be “devastating” if they collide with Earth, according to Nancy Chabot of Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory in the United States.
“We’re not talking about a worldwide extinction event here,” she explained, “but rather a regional destruction that might wipe out a city or perhaps a small state.” “As a result, it is a serious worry. It is a genuine danger.”
In the event that an asteroid poses a direct threat to Earth, NASA is preparing for such a scenario.
It will execute a Double Asteroid Redirection Test in September, colliding a probe with a minor asteroid dubbed Dimorphos to investigate if a catastrophic asteroid may be deflected away from Earth.