Asteroid flyby: Scientists will use space rock to test global warning network

Scientists are using Thursday’s asteroid flyby to test Earth’s international warning network.

The small asteroid, 2012 TC4, will pass safely by Earth at a distance of approximately 26,000 miles, about one tenth of the distance to the Moon, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The space rock, estimated to be about 50 to 100 feet in size, will make its closest approach to Earth over Antarctica at 1:42 AM EDT on Oct. 12

“Orbit prediction experts say the asteroid poses no risk of impact with Earth,” explained NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in a statement. “Nonetheless, its close approach to Earth is an opportunity to test the…

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