What kind of potentially dangerous asteroid will fly past Earth on January 18?

Asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1), with a diameter of about 1.1 km, will fly past Earth on January 18. This is reported by NASA on its Twitter page.

The asteroid is considered potentially dangerous, but its approach to the Earth will not lead to negative consequences. “The 1994 PC1 near-Earth asteroid is very well known, our planetary defense experts have been studying it for decades. Be sure that the 1994 PC1 will safely fly past our planet at a distance of 1.2 million miles (more than 1.9 million km? — ed.) next Tuesday, January 18», — NASA said in a statement.

The asteroid will fly at a speed of more than 70 thousand km/h.

What is known about asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1)?

Rocky asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) was discovered by a Scottish astronomer By Robert McNaught at the Australian Siding Spring Observatory in 1994. It belongs to the “Apollo” class, i.e. it is potentially dangerous.

The asteroid orbits the Sun at a distance of 0.9-1.8 astronomical units, making a revolution in a year and 7 months (572 days).

On January 17, 1933, 7482 (1994 PC1) came as close as possible to Earth at a distance of 1,125,400 km (699,300 miles). 

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