Asteroid 4179 Toutatis Caught on Video in Huge Asteroid’s Flyby of Earth (Video)By Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on Dec 17, 2012 in Astronomy, Science •
The huge asteroid 4179 Toutatis flyby of Earth was caught on video by the NASA Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, California, according to a Space.com report on Sunday, December 16, 2012.
About 64 radar images, with resolution of about 12 feet (3.75 meters) per pixel, taken from Wednesday to Thursday (December 12-13) were seen on the 40-second video.
Toutatis video was taken at a distance of about 4.3 million miles (7 million kilometers) from Earth or approximately 18 times away from the moon.
Reports say that the giant elongated, irregularly shaped asteroid measures about 3-mile-wide (5 kilometers) with multiple ridges.
The latest asteroid video reportedly reveals the movement of Toutatis. According to scientists, Toutatis asteroid reportedly spins on its long axis every 5.4 days.
Image Credit: Space.com
Researchers say that the huge asteroid flyby did not indicate any danger to Earth and it will not threaten the planet over the next four centuries.
The Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts has listed Toutatis as a potentially hazardous object that can cause future catastrophic damage on Earth.
Scientists believed that the same size of asteroid led to the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
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