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Asteroid passing near earth

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Waterloo expert is available to speak about the asteroid that will pass in the moon’s orbit overnight.

Michel Fich – Physics and Astronomy

Professor Michel Fich is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo, and an expert in the formation of stars and the impact on the formation of solar systems. Fich has also been involved in many space missions, including two recent missions developed with the Canadian Space Agency, and is currently the lead in building a large telescope in Chile.

“This asteroid, 2012 TC4, will pass close to the Earth on October 12, but poses no risk to the planet on this pass, and will also miss the satellites that we use for much of our long-distance communication.

“On future passes by the Earth there is the possibility that this asteroid could his hit us with disastrous results, highlighting why we need to find and track these kinds of objects.”

-  Michel Fich

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