House-sized asteroid set for a near-collision pass by

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A massive #asteroid will pass near #Earth on #Thursday, according to The Guardian.

The house-sized asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to give Earth a close shave on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 05:42 UTC (1:42 a.m. EDT), swooshing by our planet at a distance of about 31,161 miles (50,150 kilometers).

Recently, a huge asteroid named Florence came record-breaking close to Earth during its fly-by and now our Earth is gearing up to witness another near-miss flyby of a house-sized asteroid.

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The hunk of rock will pass Earth at an altitude of less than 44,000kms, just above the 36,000kms level where satellites orbit the planet, the Independent reports.

The closest approach will happen at 0142 Eastern Daylight Time on October 12 (sorry, Australians, that's during daylight hours).

Experts have said the asteroid, called 2012 TC4, is "no danger", not even to satellites above us.

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Observations reveal that 2012 TC4 is an elongated and rapidly rotating object and has been known to make many close approaches to Earth in the past.

Scientists found this asteroid about five years ago when it had been at the twice the current distance away from the Earth before disappearing view. The asteroid's fly-by will be also monitored by the International Asteroid Warning Network as part of an exercise of the recovery, characterization, and reporting of a potentially hazardous object approaching Earth.

"It's very important these things are done, it's a big sky, things could come from any direction and there could be an asteroid with our name on in it", added Glenn. This asteroid was discovered by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Hawaii in 2012. "There are tens of thousands of objects that are known or tracked and nothing now poses any direct risk, but organizations like NASA and other space agencies around the world are working on plans for what to do if something is coming our way, so we have a better chance than the dinosaurs", said Glenn.

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