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

http://earthsky.org/space/small-asteroid-will-safely-pass-close-to-earth-on-sunday?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=97d8fd80c9-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-97d8fd80c9-393970565

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.