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Dubbed 2012 TC4, the space rock will shave past at an altitude of less than 44,000 kilometers – just above the 36,000-km plane at which hundreds of geosynchronous satellites orbit the Earth.That represents about an eighth of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.As its name suggests, the object was first spotted five years ago when it called on Earth at about double Thursday's projected distance, before disappearing from view.On its 609-day loop around the Sun, TC4 will return to Earth in 2050 and 2079, according to Ruediger Jehn of the European Space Agency's Near-Earth Object program in the Netherlands.Flybys like this one are actually quite common – about three objects similar in size to TC4 graze past at a similar distance every year.
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