It could possibly be as tall as a 17-story condominium advanced, and it’ll move by Earth at about half the distance between us and the moon this weekend.
There’s no want to fear, although. While the newly found near-Earth Asteroid 2018 RC will make a comparatively shut move by our planet, it would nonetheless safely clear the neighborhood with no probability of a collision.
The University of Hawaii’s Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) first noticed the asteroid on Monday, and it is estimated to measure up to 233 ft (71 meters) in diameter. That’s the identical top as the 17-story Kajima Building (also referred to as the California Bank and Trust Building) in Los Angeles.
On common, a number of asteroids are seen zipping overhead at lower than one lunar distance (238,000 miles or 384,000 kilometers) every month. Often, they don’t seem to be seen till they’re already in our rearview mirror headed again out to deep house. One small asteroid was.
The incontrovertible fact that 2018 RC is so massive made it simpler to uncover virtually a full week earlier than its closest method.
Asteroid 2018 RC will attain its nearest level to us of about 136,702 miles (220,000 kilometers) in the early morning hours Saturday at 5:06 a.m. PT, to be precise.
After its preliminary discovery, the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy captured the above image of the dashing house rock. The on-line observatory can even livestream our shut encounter with it on Saturday by way of the feed under.