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ASTEROID 2012 TC4 is currently moving alongside Earth, and Nasa has released an amazing video of the space rock flying through the stars.&
...Michael Kelley, programme scientist and Nasa Headquarters lead for the TC4 observation campaign, said: “Scientists have always appreciated knowing when an asteroid will make a close approach to and safely pass the Earth because they can make preparations to collect data to characterise and learn as much as possible about it.
“This time we are adding in another layer of effort, using this asteroid flyby to test the worldwide asteroid detection and tracking network, assessing our capability to work together in response to finding a potential real asteroid threat.”
The path of the asteroid has been described as a “close miss” by scientists as, in astronomical terms, it is just a hair’s width away.
Rolf Densing, head of the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, said: "It's **** close.
"The farthest satellites are 36,000 kilometres (22,400 miles) out, so this is indeed a close miss.”
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