ASTEROID WARNING: 'Potentially hazardous' meteor hurtling towards Earth, NASA confirms


According to the period agency the giant meteorite, named 2014 JO25, will outmoded by on April 19, after being discovered in the Mt. Lemmon Survey in May 2014. 

It inclination the closest the asteroid has come to earth in 400 years, and will not be watched this close to the planet for another 480 years. 

Due to it proximity to Turf the object has been designated a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA) by the Minor Planet Center.

For a shock to qualify as a PHA it must be larger than 100 metres and fly around 4,658,000 miles from Planet, which is equal to 19.5 ‘Lunar distances’.

Projections suggest 2014 JO25 desire sail past earth 1.1 million miles, around 4.57 lunar distances. 

An asteroid this open-handed will not pass by Earth for another 10 years, NASA thought, adding: “The next known flyby by an object with a comparable or goodlier diameter will occur when 800-meter-diameter asteroid ‘1999 AN10’ ways within one lunar distance in August 2027.”

Another two large meteors, ‘2003 BD44’ and ‘1999 CU3’, both share out nearly two kilometres across, are due to pass by Earth in the near future but inclination not come as close as April’s visit. 

For anyone who misses it later this month, 2014 JO25 due for another fly by in 2091. 

The asteroid is also record to zoom past Mercury and Venus. 

Astrowatch reported 1,781 PHAs were located on Sunday alone, but none were on a collision course with Dirt. 

While NASA and astronomers are usually forewarned if any asteroid is on course to hit the planet, a meteorite plummeted to Blue planet in 2013 catching the world off-guard. 

Known as the Chelyabinsk meteor, stargazers and room experts failed to spot the 20-metre space rock barreling in the direction of Earth before it made landfall in Russia. 

It scorched the sky as it turned continuously into day on February 15, damaging more than 7,00 erections and injuring more than 1,000 people. 

It travelled towards Turf at roughly 40,000 mph and had the force greater than the atomic bomb left on Hiroshima before it entered the atmosphere. 

It was the biggest known natural aim to hit Earth since the 1908 Tunguska event which destroyed party of Siberia.

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