House-sized asteroid will pass near to Earth this week

House-sized asteroid will pass near to Earth this week

Meanwhile, this asteroid which is nearly the size of a house will pass somewhere between 18,000-40,000 kilometers of the Earth's surface, just inside the space where geostationary satellites orbit in general.

Recently, a gigantic asteroid named Florence came record-breaking close to Earth during its fly-by and now our Earth is gearing up to witness another near-miss flyby of a house-sized asteroid.

Back in July, the approaching rock caused a brief flurry of speculation that an impact was imminent, before the European Space Agency issued a "calm down" statement.

A small asteroid, 2012 TC4, is set to pass safely by Earth on Thursday, October 12, and if NASA says that it "poses no risk of impact with Earth" well then that's just fine by us. "Not even for satellites". It will come close enough to the Earth that the Earth's gravitational pull will slightly alter the path of the asteroid, stated the report.

The asteroid, estimated to be 50 to 100 metres in size, was discovered by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Hawaii in 2012. However, experts were able to predict the nearest approach of the asteroid to earth in 2017, which became true. The distance is about one-eighth the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

The passing of the asteroid relatively close to Earth is being used by asteroid trackers around the world to test their ability to operate as a coordinated global asteroid warning network.

It's a long shot that any large asteroid will hit Earth, Paul Chodas, the project manager for Near Earth Object Studies in Pasadena, California, told The Christian Science Monitor.

There is little to be done in terms of planetary defence at the moment, except carry out evacuations of anyone in harm's way.