Asteroid

A ginormous asteroid measuring just the 1,000 metres wide is will narrowly miss Earth within days according to NASA.

The object, called ‘2014-YB35’ is expected to slide by Earth on Friday while travelling at more than 23,000mph. That’s more than 6 miles per second. Any chance of a lift?

These things happen all the time, but it’s usually some paltry (in comparison) meteorite. We shouldn’t joke too much though as the asteroid is being treated as a severe threat.

Any impact would trigger devastating changes in the climate, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Bill Napier, a professor of astronomy, told The Express:

“With something like YB35, we are looking at a scale of global destruction, something that would pose a risk to the continuation of the planet.

“These events are however very rare, it is the smaller yet still very damaging impacts which are a very real threat.”

If it hit Earth debris would be thrown into the atmosphere, altering the climate and possibly making the planet inhabitable for all life. 

The rock will pass within 2.8 million miles of Earth. 2.8 million miles may not seem particularly claustrophobic but apparently it’s a tiny distance in astronomical terms..

At the very least it will make for good pub chat come Friday night. 

The Discovery Channel did this awesome simulation of what would happen if an asteroid hit Eart, well worth a watch.

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