NASA: Asteroid 2012 BX34 to pass by Earth on Friday, January 27

By on Jan 27, 2012 in Astronomy, Science Comments

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on Thursday, January 26, 2012 that an asteroid will pass by Earth on Friday, January 27.

According to NASA Asteroid Watch program that day, Asteroid 2012 BX34 will pass by Earth on Friday, January 27 at around 10:30 a.m. ET (1530 GMT) but will not pose any danger to anyone.

“Busy week. Asteroid 2012 BX34 will safely pass Earth on Jan. 27. Distance: 36,750 miles (59,044 km) or about .7 lunar distance.” NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) tweeted on Thursday.

Asteroid 2012 BX34 is small, ~11 meters/37 ft diameter. It wouldn’t get through our atmosphere intact even if it dared to try.” NASA Asteroid Watch tweeted an hour later, assuring the safety of the public.

NASA noted that Asteroid 2012 BX34 will hit the distance at about 0.17 times the distance between Earth and the moon, which is orbiting the Earth at an average distance of about 240,000 miles (386,000 km).

Apparently, Asteroid 2012 BX34 will pass over Earth in a distance less than a fifth of the distance to the Moon, with its closest approach at around 1600 GMT but notably too small to be seen by naked eye.

The last known asteroid that came closest to Earth was Asteroid 2005 YU55, on November 8, 2011 at 6:28 p.m. ET, with a distance of around 201,700 miles (324,600 kilometers) far from our planet.

Orbit of Asteroid 2012 BX34 (blue line) when it will pass by Earth on January 27
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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