It’s been just reported that an asteroid that is large enough to cause a global problem has been snapped approaching Earth this week.
Experts predicted that the asteroid, which is called 1998 HL 1, would come the closest to our planet this evening, October 25.
When it’s the closest to Earth, the asteroid will reportedly be seen from our planet at about 6:21 pm BST (5.21pm UTC).
Astronomer takes a photo of the asteroid
Express.co.uk online publicaiton revealed that astronomer Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy took a terrifying image of the space rock on approach this week.
The asteroid photo is dated October 23 and it shows a bright spot of light that cuts across a field. The bright spot is the Asteroid HL1 at about 4.1 million (6.6 million km) from Earth.
The photo has been taken over a 300-second-long export using a robotic telescope.
Dr. Masi reportedly has this to say, “The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the asteroid, this is why stars show as small trails, while the asteroid looks like a sharp dot of light in the center of the image, indicated by a white arrow.”
He continued and said: “At the imaging time, the potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA) (162082) 1998 HL1 was at about 6.6 million km from the Earth, and it was heading to the mentioned close approach when it will be one million of km closer than here.”
Even if the asteroid doesn’t seem too big in the photo, it’s been said to pose a potential threat to our beloved planet.
The asteroid is a PHA
Masi called this space rock as “potentially hazardous asteroid” of PHA, and this is due to its big size and close approach as well.
It’s been estimated that the space rock measures somewhere in the range of 1,443ft to 3,248ft (440m to 990m) in diameter.
The asteroid will be visible with amateur telescopes as well if they have at least 150mm in diameter.