A new asteroid "potentially dangerous" will pass close to Earth on January 18

By Graziella L. Posted January 14, 2022 at 5:57 p.m.

The asteroid 1994 PC1 will pass by our Earth on January 18, 2022, but don’t panic, humanity is not at risk, since it will cross space 2 million kilometers from us.

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The world is not over yet, unlike the hit movie Don’t Look Up. Class “potentially dangerous“, the asteroid 1994 PC1 shouldn’t be a problem for the planet Terre, during his visit on the evening of January 18, 2022, around 10 p.m., 2 million kilometers from the blue planet.

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The Nasa knows this asteroid well, already observed since 1974 according to West France, and which is over a kilometer long. It is a rock that could have created a real planetary catastrophe, but fortunately, it will pass far from us in a few days: 1.93 million kilometers, the equivalent of 5 times the distance between our planet and the Moon. Very dim, the asteroid cannot be easily observed with a telescope, unless you have a very efficient one. But some will be able to try the experiment again because 1994 PC1 will pass again near planet Earth in 84 years.

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