Earth set for asteroid ‘close call’

The 40m asteroid has had a march and speed tracked. The ensuing contingency of it attack Earth come behind as 7000-1.

That represents a “non-zero impact probability”.

Which means that a believe of a arena has adequate domain for blunder to ring a probable — if extraordinary — collision.

The European Space Agency has updated a “Space Situational Awareness” page to fact what we know about 2006 QV89.

It isn’t a lot.

It’s estimated to be about 40m big. And it seems to be travelling during about 12.3 meters per second. At that size, it’s about double that that caused a Chelyabinsk blast over Russia, injuring 1500 people.

“In many cases, a stretch presented in a list is estimated indirectly from a comprehensive magnitude, and flagged with an asterisk to imply a vast uncertainty,” a ESA’s page warns. “When a improved dimensions is accessible in a literature, it replaces a estimated value.”

The top luck puts a asteroid as flitting Earth during some 6.8 million kilometres stretch — that’s many times serve out than a Moon.

Despite sounding ominous, it’s nowhere nearby as bad as a ESA’s “Special Risks List”.

That warns us of vast asteroids with a some-more expected possibility of attack us.

The usually good news … calculations advise this won’t occur for during slightest another 100 years.

But NASA, a ESA and other agencies are busily scheming to opposite an astonishing threat.

In a new simulation, an try to strengthen a Earth from an incoming torpedo asteroid resulted in a city of New York being vaporised.

But a space agencies will give it another go in a few years time. This time they’ll try to save Europe.

The new space group will concentration on strengthening competencies and flourishing capabilities creation Australia reduction reliant on other countries for communication.