Whew, Close Call 2014 RC

This Sunday, September 7,  a pesky little asteroid will pass within 40,000 Km. of Earth – essentially within the ring of orbiting Earth satellites.  An estimated 20 meters across, and miraculously not expected to collide with said satellites – freshly christened 2014 RC, reveled her intentions to astronomers August 31. A polite gesture, certainly one to remind us cosmic surprises are far from occasional.

Artist's concept via NASA


Now that 2014 RC has introduced itself, astronomers will be able to track an orbit – gravitational pull is unavoidable, 2014 RC will be back. Twenty meters might not sound like much – don’t be so sure. At the right angle and speed, a space rock this size could make for a very bad day.