Huge, 1km wide asteroid to fly just next to our planet on January 18

The asteroid will travel a distance of 1.93 million kilometers from our planet, moving at a speed of 19.56 kilometers per second. It is the asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) which was discovered in 1994.

NASA states that it is unlikely that this asteroid will hit Earth, but that next week will pass closest to us in the next two centuries, according to CNN.

It will not be the largest asteroid to ever pass by Earth. That honor belongs to the asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3), which flew past our planet on September 1, 2017, and was between 4 and 9 kilometers wide.

Although the 7482 (1994 PC1) is unlikely to be visible to the naked eye, it could be tracked by amateur astronomers with their telescopes.

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