January 28, 2022

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Colors of the homeland | One of the giant rock asteroids is approaching Earth next week … a unique event

Astronomers are waiting for a large rocky asteroid to fly close to Earth next week, 1.93 million kilometers from Earth when the asteroid launches, which is 5.15 times the distance between us and the Moon.

Those who love space objects and astronomical events can see this asteroid as it ascends to Earth’s sky. Earth Next week, it will reach the closest point to our planet on January 18 at 11:51 Cairo local time, according to the Science Alert website.

Future Asteroid History

Find out Asteroid “7482) Known as the 1994 PC1, it was first introduced in 1994 by astronomer Robert McNaught at the Siding Spring Laboratory in Australia, after its discovery of its orbit, and scientists’ confidence in the safety of its orbit.

The asteroid reached its closest point to Earth 89 years ago on January 17, 1933, and was at a very close, very close but safe distance of 1.1 million km, and is expected to reach a similar distance from Earth on January 18. 2105, and this close visit will allow scientists to further study this rocky S-type asteroid belonging to the astronomical “Apollo” group.

How to see when the asteroid is approaching Earth

The asteroid travels towards Earth at a speed of about 19.56 kilometers per second, which means it looks like stars, and the asteroid is expected to be too dim to see with the naked eye or with a telescope. Anyone can detect it with at least a 6-inch telescope, and an asteroid of this size is expected to hit Earth only once every 600,000 years.

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