A massive asteroid will approach Earth on Thursday

GETTYAsteroid 2012 T4C is set to fly past Earth

GETTYAsteroid 2012 T4C is set to fly past Earth

Orbit prediction experts say the asteroid poses no risk of impact with Earth.

Recently, a big asteroid named Florence came record-breaking close to Earth during its fly-by and now our Earth is gearing up to witness another near-miss flyby of a house-sized asteroid.

On Thursday 12 October an asteroid the size of a house will be watched carefully by astrophysicists as it hurtles "damn close" to Earth.

There's no danger of an impact by the space rock.

NASA's Mike Kelley, who leads the Thursday's exercise to spot, track and intimately probe the transient visitor, said that there is no chance of collision, not even with the satellites.

"We've now been observing TC4 for two months, so we have very accurate position information on it, which in turn allows very precise calculations of its orbit", which will not cross that of Earth nor its satellites, he said. It wil likely return in 2050 and 2079 as it continually loops around the sun.

No asteroid now known is predicted to impact Earth for the next 100 years.

The 65-foot-wide asteroid won't hit us, but NASA and other asteroid scientists are watching the flyby closely as they prepare a defense against a future space rock that could come crashing down in a big load of terrible, like the asteroid that scientists say wiped out dinosaurs 65 million years ago. TC4 is expected to approach the planet at a point south of Australia.

Scientists found this asteroid about five years ago when it had been at the twice the current distance away from the Earth before disappearing view. Since then, observers around the world have been tracking the object as it approaches Earth and reporting their observations to the Minor Planet Center.

Many scientists believe that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid.

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