Large Asteroid Set to Pass By Earth Tuesday Afternoon, Reaching Speeds Over 45,000 MPH

expected to fly by our planet around 4:51 p.m. ET

The asteroid, called 7482 (1994 PC1), is expected to fly by our planet around 4:51 p.m. ET, at about five times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. (Photo Illustration)

(FOX NEWS) – Astronomers are tracking a large and “potentially hazardous” asteroid that is set to make a relatively close pass by the Earth on Tuesday.

The asteroid, called 7482 (1994 PC1), is expected to fly by our planet around 4:51 p.m. ET, at about five times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.

“Near-Earth #asteroid 1994 PC1 (~1 km wide) is very well known and has been studied for decades by our #PlanetaryDefense experts,” NASA tweeted last Wednesday. “Rest assured, 1994 PC1 will safely fly past our planet 1.2 million miles away next Tues., Jan. 18.”

With a diameter of roughly 3,451 feet, 1994 PC1 is larger than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and more than twice the size of the Empire State Building in New York City.

It’s also fast and will be traveling at a speed of roughly 45,000 mph when it passes by Earth on Tuesday, according to NASA.

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