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‘Near-Earth’ asteroid twice the size of the Empire State Building to pass Tuesday; how to track, see it

An asteroid classified by NASA as a "Near-Earth object" will come closest to our planet for the next 200 years on Tuesday.

The asteroid, known as 7482 (1994 PC1), is set to fly off the planet at 13:51 PT and travels at a speed of about 43,754 mph, according to NASA.

"Near-Earth #asteroid 1994 PC1 (~ 1 km wide) is very well known and has been studied for decades by our #Planetary Defense experts, ”the space agency tweeted last week. "Rest assured, 1994 PC1 will surely fly past our planet 1.2 million miles away."

With a diameter of about 3,451 feet, the asteroid is more than twice the size of the Empire State Building.

And while there is no threat that the asteroid will hit our planet, NASA still considers it a "potentially dangerous object" due to a combination of size and distance from Earth.

NASA's eyes on asteroid "website is currently tracking the large object, so be sure to check it out as it approaches and passes Earth on Tuesday.

For those who actually want to see the asteroid, it is not quite big enough to see with the naked eye - but you will probably be able to observe it with a small telescope, reports EarthSky.

Do not have a telescope? Try watching it on Virtual Telescope Projects livestream, which starts its feed from 6 p.m.

This will be the first of two passages that the space rock makes of Earth this year, and the second will come on July 3, when it is 41.2 million miles away from the planet. After that, the next approach will not happen until 2033, according to NASA.


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