‘Missing’ Asteroid 2012 TC4 spotted ahead of Earth flyby in October
An asteroid set to whizz past Earth in October will miss our planet by 44,000 kilometers, according to new observations which spotted the wandering space rock for the first time in five years.
Asteroid 2012 TC4 was discovered in 2012 by the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii. During the original observation it was revealed the asteroid’s next approach to our vicinity would be on October 12, 2017.
However, due to its orbit, astronomers were not able to track the asteroid over the last five years leaving its potential proximity on its approach to Earth a mystery.
— ESA (@esa) August 10, 2017