US astronomers McDonald Observatory warned today that the October 12, 2017 is expected to asteroid 2012 TC4 pass so close to Earth that could impactarla.
Scientists estimate that its size can vary from 12-40 meters.
The impact of the 2012 TC4 could be even more devastating than the meteorite that fell on the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, is something that we must be alert, said Judit Györgyey-Ries, an astronomer at the McDonald Observatory, University of Texas.
The rock in February 2013 exploded over Chelyabinsk, whose fragments were found at the bottom of Lake Chebarkul caused real panic in the area, which is relatively sparsely populated.
The TC4 is an asteroid the size of a house, discovered on October 4, 2012 by the Pan-STARRS, Observatory in Hawaii; It is an elongated object that rotates rapidly, and it is known that in the past and came to Earth many times.
Now, scientists are trying to determine the exact route of 2017 and the probability of an impact, said Prensa Latina.
Surveillance Specialists NASA Asteroid have ensured that there is no possibility that collide with our planet, but Györgyey-Ries admits that more observations are needed to mitigate the uncertainties.