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Pyramid-sized asteroid poses no risk to Earth

By T.K. Randall
August 25, 2018 · Comment icon 4 comments

There's no need to worry about 2016 NF23. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Despite being labelled by NASA as 'potentially hazardous', asteroid 2016 NF23 does not pose a threat.
The sizeable and fast-moving space rock, which is set to make its closest approach of the Earth on August 29th, is not believed to pose any immediate threat to our planet.

Described as being "roughly the size of an American football field", it is moving at approximately 20,000mph and will pass us by at around 13.9 times the distance of the Moon.
"There is zero chance of this asteroid impacting Earth for the foreseeable future," said NASA planetary defense officer Lindley Johnson. "We don't know why someone in the media has chosen to sensationalize a relatively mundane pass of this object."

Overall, the chance of any sizable asteroid striking our planet within the next few centuries is very slim.

The most likely candidate, a space rock known as 2009 FD, could hit us in 2185, however the odds of this happening are still very low, with only a 1 in 710 chance of an impact with the Earth.

Source: NBC News | Comments (4)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
What scares me is that it is a solid fact that asteroids of significant size and influence have impacted our Earth in the past. Yes, it CAN happen again. This issue is globally life-threatening, so I truly hope that key governments address this issue on a level of "attack-mode", including sophisticated long-range sensor satellites, and at least some form of weaponized response. This kind of **** is no game. Get hit by a big asteroid and it's "game over" for 80% of the world.
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Yes, we MUST be prepared on some level. What that level is, I don't know.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Stiff 6 years ago
It's OK, we sussed all that out in the 80's   
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 6 years ago
It's always the hit you're not expecting that knocks you the **** out. Sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively.


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