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Asteroid Passed Close to Earth, Experts Say

Asteroid Passed Close to Earth, Experts Say”

Scientists were well aware of the asteroid.

That's about one-tenth of the distance to the moon, and just beyond the orbit of Earth's satellites.

A house-sized asteroid on Thursday made a close shave with Earth, but experts have warned that humans may not be so lucky in 2079 when there is chance of the space rock smashing into the Earth.

"This time we are adding in another layer of effort, using this asteroid flyby to test the worldwide asteroid detection and tracking network, assessing our capability to work together in response to finding a potential real asteroid threat".

But according to tracking models, the asteroid's path will be altered by Earth's gravity in the future, and after a few more flybys, its trajectory could lead straight into Earth.

Rüdiger Jehn, of the Near-Earth Object program, told The Guardian the asteroid passes around the sun every 609 days.

Scientists say 2012 TC4 is nearly certainly too small to cause any serious concern, even if it did line up Earth in its crosshairs.

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"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", he said, according to The Guardian.

The odds of an impact 62 years from now are currently placed at about 1 in 750.

In a statement from American Aerospace and aviation Agency (NASA), asteroid, called "2012 TC4", was mentioned on Thursday that Antarctic wasover 4 thousand kilometers.

Based on the observations they were able to make in 2012, asteroid trackers predicted that it should come back into view in 2017.

NASA has already identified 90 percent of objects nearing Earth that could impact the planet.

Asteroid 2012 TC4 was not visible anywhere in the world without a telescope.

As of right now, no known asteroid is projected to hit Earth in the next 100 years.



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