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NASA call for calm on asteroid that could destroy Earth in 2032

AN ASTEROID with power 50 times greater than the world’s most powerful nuclear bomb could be heading for Earth in 2032, astronomers say.

By Tom Rawle/Published 18th October 2013
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DANGER: The asteroid is expected to come close to hitting Earth in 2032 [GETTY]

Ukrainian astronomers announced last week that they had discovered an asteroid that has the potential to destroy Earth in 19 years time.

The international scientific community has classed the 1,345-foot (410m) rock as one of the two most dangerous asteroids ever recorded.

If it does hit Earth, the asteroid would create 2,500 megatons of TNT energy on explosion – more than 50 times more than the globe’s most power powerful nuclear bomb.

But experts at NASA have confirmed that the collision is unlikely to happen.

ASTEROID: A NASA diagram showing the make-up of the asteroid [NASA]

 

ASTEROID: A NASA diagram showing the make-up of the asteroid [NASA]

“With more observations, I fully expect we will be able to significantly reduce, or rule out entirely, any impact probability for the foreseeable future.”

Don Yeoman, of NASA

With a one in 63,000 chance of hitting, the most common prediction is that the asteroid will miss our planet by nearly 2 kilometres.

Don Yeoman, of NASA said: “The current probability of no impact in 2032 [is] about 99.998 per cent.”

“This is a relatively new discovery. With more observations, I fully expect we will be able to significantly reduce, or rule out entirely, any impact probability for the foreseeable future.”

Scientists have given Asteroid 2013 TV135 a danger rating of 1 out of 10 on the Torino Scale – with only one other rock being given the rating of 1.

Asteroid 2013 TV135 is one of 10,332 near-Earth objects that have been discovered.

Astronomers have said they will continue to monitor the movement of the asteroid and will be able to give further notice about the future of our planet in 2028.

 

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