Asteroid 'The Size Of the Statue Of Liberty' Set To Collide With Earth
Dr Judit Györgyey-Ries, an astronomer at the University of Texas, has claimed an asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty is set to collide with Earth.
The collision is believed to take place in October, 2017 (that’s if it does happen) which is good because it gives us enough time to build a asteroid-destroying laser cannon.
Except that’s not going to happen, annoyingly. Scientists believe that, if Asteroid 2012 TC4 does hit Earth, it could have a greater impact than the asteroid that hospitalised more than 1200 people in Russia in February 2013.
“We could see an airburst maybe broken windows, depending on where it hits.” Dr Györgyey-Ries told astronomy website astrowatch.net
Which, to be perfectly honest, really doesn’t sound too bad unless you’re some sort of window merchant. Then our hearts go out to you.
The giant asteroid in question narrowly missed earth in October 2012 when it passed 94,800km away so it clearly has some sort of vendetta. Just look at it… plotting.
Let’s not be too fearful though, Detlef Koschny, head of the near-earth object segment at the European Space Agency, gave some odds that we liked the sound of. “There is a one in a million chance that it could hit us.”
Are you worried, do you welcome extra-terrestrial rocks, do you fear for the worlds supply of glass? Let us know in the comments.