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The asteroid measures approximately 131 feet (40 meters) in diameter The only celestial body in the world Catalog of the European Space Agency & # 39; Risk List & # 39; should have the chance to hit our planet this year.
An asteroid called 2006QV89, according to a recent US Space Agency & # 39; Risk List & # 39; published a small chance to hit the Earth ESA update.
The year 2006QV89 led several times over the earth in the course of the 20th century, with close approximations being recorded from the early 1950s, although it was only observed in 2006 by astronomers at the Catalina Sky Observatory in Arizona through a telescope. If the asteroid does not hit Earth, it will make its next pass near the planet in 2032.
The asteroid is the fourth in the ESA risk list. The 2010RF12 asteroid is a smaller 9 meter diameter object with the highest estimated risk of hitting Earth. He is classified as 1 in 16. This asteroid will make its closest near passage near the planet 2095.
The ESA organizes near-earth objects on the Palermo scale, with objects less than -2 indicating no likely consequences for the planet or its inhabitants. On this scale, 2006QV89 has a strike risk of -3.63. 2010RF12 carries a risk of -3.26.
Scientists and engineers from around the world, including NASA and the Russian Academy of Sciences, have worked on a series of programs to detect space threats, prepare for possible strikes, and even create space-based systems to explore the ways of the world to change deadly asteroids before impact.
Even small asteroids can pose a threat to human life. In February 2013, a meteorite the size of a bus exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Central Russia. The shockwave caused by the explosion injured approximately 1,500 people, most of which were caused by broken glass.
A century earlier, in June 1908, a massive explosion was reported in eastern Siberia in which some 2,220 square kilometers of local forest were leveled by a mysterious spring that was later exposed as an air blast caused by a comet or meteorite. This event is said to have had the equivalent force of the explosion of 10-15 megatons of TNT.