Near miss: A huge asteroid is hurtling toward Earth on October 12

A huge asteroid – asteroid 2012 TC4 – is scheduled to make an uncomfortably close pass by Earth on October 12.

The large space rock – discovered 5 years ago – is 30 to 100 feet in length and will be about 27,000 miles away from the planet when it streaks by. It was originally believed the NEO could pass within an unnerving 4,200 miles of the Earth.

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Asteroid 2012 TC4 as it passes under Earth on October 12. via Facebook

It’s damn close! The farthest satellites are 36,000 kilometers (22,400 miles) out, so this is indeed a close miss.

Here a video showing the asteroid flying over Nagano, Japan on October 12, 2017:

The close call is giving scientists an opportunity to learn more about what’s out in space and how to detect asteroids before they get too close.

The Boeing 737-sized asteroid is larger than that of Chelyabinsk in Russia and thus could trigger more destruction if it did collide with the Earth.

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