NASA Planetary Defense Details Massive Asteroid Flying By Earth And How To Track It
Near-Earth #asteroid 1994 PC1 (~1 km wide) is very well known and has been studied for decades by our #PlanetaryDefense experts. Rest assured, 1994 PC1 will safely fly past our planet 1.2 million miles away next Tues., Jan. 18.— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) January 12, 2022
Track it yourself here: https://t.co/JMAPWiirZh pic.twitter.com/35pgUb1anq
The first and likely most interesting tool is NASA’s “Eyes on Asteroids” webpage which gives users a view of how chaotic near-Earth space is when first loading up the page. Within this tool, though, users can search for specific objects in space or filter for “Potentially Hazardous Objects,” which are bigger than 150 meters and come within 7.5 million kilometers or 4.6 million miles of Earth.
For the astronomers among us, another cool tool comes from In-The-Sky.org, which can give vital information on how to spot near-Earth asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) from any location, provided you have a telescope able to view the asteroid on its current trajectory. To gather this info, users simply need to plug in the dates when they want to view the asteroid, and the site will do the rest.
In any event, the technology that we have access to today is quite remarkable in that we can track space objects from our computer or phone rather easily. Perhaps we will have technology like telescopes and communications arrays hitching a ride on asteroids like this one day too, but for now, let us know what you think of this upcoming asteroid visit in the comments below.