Experts Detect Asteroid Hurtling Towards Earth 'Within Hours'
The 2012 TC4 rock is traveling at a breakneck speed
Space experts have revealed they have managed to detect an asteroid that is currently hurtling towards the earth and will skim the planet by just 4,200 miles.
The 2012 TC4 rock is traveling at a breakneck speed of 33,000mph as NASA confirmed the asteroid measures up to 27 meters.
Teams at NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will simulate a similar event to the impact of the Russian asteroid crash four years ago.
Detlef Koschny – a Near Earth Object manager at ESA said: “We are using this as a test as if this were an object that will impact”
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DailyStar reports: However, Koschny says him and colleagues are going to prepare for impact to boost understanding ahead of asteroids predicted to crash in future.
He told us: "This asteroid is one which will get reasonably close, closer than the lunar distance, it is really a topic in the asteroid community.
"We are using this as a test, as if this were an object that will impact."
He continued: "We use this one as a test because it will teach us for our future observations."
In a statement, ESA added: "A small asteroid flying past Earth on October 12 will provide scientists with a valuable opportunity to learn more about its orbit and composition.
"The campaign will exercise the international network of observatories and research organizations working on planetary defense."
NASA said on its website: "NASA scientists are excited about the upcoming close flyby of a small asteroid and plan to use its upcoming October close approach to Earth as an opportunity not only for science but to test NASA's network of observatories and scientists who work with the planetary defense."
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Vishnu Reddy, an assistant professor of planetary science, previously called on NASA to use the rock as a chance to test a potential collision.
Reddy told UA News: "The question is: How prepared are we for the next cosmic threat?
"So we proposed an observational campaign to exercise the network and test how ready we are for a potential impact by a hazardous asteroid."
Daily Star Online has recently revealed how a new map has shown where hundreds of giant asteroids have slammed into Earth.