An asteroid will be soon passing by our planet on 12th of October that could give a great opportunity to the planetary defense agency of NASA for testing how asteroid can be a threat to the planet. The size of Asteroid 2012 TC4 would range from 33 to 100 feet that will not cause any harm to the Earth, the researchers say.
Asteroid 2012 TC4 was first observed by Rapid Response System and Panoramic Survey Telescope, launched long back from Hawaii US. The asteroid was observed by the scientists in 2012 and hence the name given but later it disappeared and never turned up. This made it difficult to trace its existence. The research is a joint venture of a number of universities, observatories, and laboratories. They will aim at discovering the advantages and impacts these asteroids have on our planet.
What exact path the asteroid will choose while traveling towards the Earth is still a mystery. It might be passing at a distance of 4,200 to 170,000 miles away from the Earth’s atmosphere, NASA scientists claim. A huge number of small asteroid passes through the Earth surface every year but most of them go undetected.
Lindley Johnson at NASA said, “We can never forecast hitting of an asteroid. If we can forecast them before they raid our planet, we can come up with a solution to trace their path.” “Today we have lot of technologies to change their path”, he further added.
The asteroid may come close to us by the gravitational pull of our planet. Even though it will not cause any harm to us, scientists will still have to come up with various methods and procedures that will not cause distraction to the Earth.
The way government bodies work on to handle storms and tremors, NASA scientist have to work in a similar way to handle the asteroid hit in real time system. They can get a helping hand from Federal Emergency Management Agency.