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An Asteroid Will “Disappoint” Earth So Much That It Can Be Observed With Telescopes

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Many of you will surely have the latest Netflix film “Don’t Look Up” and fortunately this is not a catastrophic news. However, according to the press, an asteroid that is one kilometer long will pass so “close” to Earth that it can be observed with a simple telescope.

Don’t worry: the cosmic stone will pass at a distance of 5 times the one that exists between the Earth and the Moon. NASA has classified the asteroid as “potentially dangerous” due to its size and trajectory; the American space agency defines “potentially dangerous” any asteroid as “over 140 meters large and approaching 7.5 million kilometers from

The celestial object – officially called (7482) 1994 PC1 – will reach its minimum distance on January 18 at 22:51 (Italian time). This is not the “first visit” of the asteroid, since in 1933 the same cosmic stone reached about 1 million kilometers from Earth, while it will return around our planet also in 2105.

Back to the one seen in the movie Don’t Look Up… don’t worry! NASA says that there should be no danger of asteroid crashing on Earth for more than 100 years. Although there are about 28,000 “objects near Earth,” with 3,000 new sightings made each year, NASA closely monitors and each second these celestial objects.

In the future, we may also have weapons against these space rocks, as well as the NASA DART mission will show us.

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