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1Asteroid To Pass Close To Earth On Sunday Empty Asteroid To Pass Close To Earth On Sunday on 5th September 2014, 10:32 am


A newly discovered asteroid will pass “very close” to Earth on Sunday, NASA
The space rock is estimated to be 60 feet (18 meters) long. It’s expected to fly
over New Zealand about 2:18 p.m. EDT (18:18 GMT).
It won’t hit Earth or any of the thousands of satellites orbiting the planet, NASA
says. It will give astronomers and scientists a chance to study it.
The asteroid won’t be visible the Unclad eye, but amateur astronomers should
be able to see it with telescopes.
Called 2014 RC, the asteroid was discovered on August 31 by the Catalina Sky
Survey near Tucson, Arizona.
NASA’s Near Earth Object Program estimates there arethousands of asteroids
that could threaten Earth, but experts say none of the ones being tracked are
expected to hit the planet anytime soon.
Sometimes, though, space rocks sneak by the scientists and amateur
astronomers who track them. On February 15, 2013, a nearly 60-foot-wide
meteor plunged into Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over the Russian city of
Chelyabinsk with the force of about 30 nuclear bombs. The blast injured about
1,500 people.
The Chelyabinsk meteor was undetected before it was spotted by local
residents as it streaked across the sky. It exploded on the same day that
Asteroid 2012 DA14, one that was being carefully tracked by NASA, safely
passed by Earth.
NASA is trying to speed up the way it tracks potentially hazardous asteroids and
to learn how to deflect rocks that threaten Earth. ItsAsteroid Initiative includes a
plan to capture an asteroid and tug it into orbit around the moon in the 2020s.
If it works, astronauts will land on the asteroid, take samples and bring them
back to Earth.

2Asteroid To Pass Close To Earth On Sunday Empty Re: Asteroid To Pass Close To Earth On Sunday on 5th September 2014, 11:40 am


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