The European Space Agency (ESA) has updated the list of space objects representing a potential danger to the Earth.
The closest incident by date is the hypothetical collision of the Earth with the asteroid 2006QV89. According to agency experts, this could happen on September 9 of this year.
The probability of such an event – one chance out of seven thousand. Now the asteroid is about 6.7 million kilometers from Earth.
The size of the asteroid is 109 meters in length and 48.5 in width, which is comparable to a football field. This celestial body already flew past the Earth several times in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, but astronomers managed to view it through a telescope only in 2006 from an observatory in Arizona. The next time an asteroid approaches the planet in 2032.
Tops the list of potential asteroid threats 2010RF12. Experts suggest that a dangerous body approaching the Earth will occur in 2095. The probability of a collision is one chance out of 16.