House-sized asteroid to skim past Earth ‘damn close’ tomorrow, scientists warn
Heads down, everybody – an asteroid the size of a house is about to hurtle past Earth tomorrow in what scientists describe as a ‘damn close’ shave.
The asteroid, 2012 TC4, is about 30-100 feet in size – so it’s nowhere near the size of the six-mile-wide rock which wiped out the dinosaurs.
But it’s expected flyby, just 27,000 miles from our planet is ‘damn close,’ according to Rolf Densing, head of the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
It will fly by on October 12 at one eighth of the distance between Earth and the moon, and about 30% further away than geosynchronous... read more
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