An asteroid will pass near Earth next Tuesday


clarified Jeddah Astronomical Society, that a large asteroid named (7482) 1994 PC1 will pass near Earth next Tuesday, stressing that it is not on a collision course with Earth and does not represent any significant danger.

And she showed that the asteroid, which is about one kilometer in diameter; It will be at the closest distance from the planet at 12:51 after midnight Mecca time, at a distance of 1.93 million kilometers or about five times the distance between the Earth and the moon, which is a very safe distance, and this approach will be the closest to it during the next 200 years at least .

She added that the asteroid is moving at a speed of more than 70,000 km / h relative to the Earth, and its high speed will enable it to be detected, as it will appear as a point of light resembling stars rushing in front of the stars, and it is not seen with the naked eye, but it is a great target for telescopes of 6 inches or larger when observing from a location Darkness at the correct time and place by using a free program such as Stellarium where the movement of an asteroid can be detected thanks to its size and proximity.

Another way to detect the movement of the asteroid, is to connect a camera to the telescope and take pictures with long exposures of 30 to 45 seconds when pointing the camera and the telescope at a star in the path of the asteroid, where an exposure image of several seconds will show the movement of the asteroid as a line of light, while shorter exposures show the asteroid as a point of light They appear in different locations when taking consecutive photos, and a full moon shouldn’t be a problem.





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