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An Asteroid Is Rapidly Approaching Earth

NASA confirmed that an asteroid is travelling towards Earth at 34,000 miles per hour. The “potentially hazardous” asteroid is larger than the tallest man-made structure in the world, and could come close to intersecting with our planet’s path. IGN has the details: 

"Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid's potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth," NASA said in a statement.
The colossal space rock, which is expected to pass over our planet from a distance of around 3.6 million miles, is estimated to have a diameter of around 3,250 feet, making it large enough to potentially "trigger a nuclear winter and mass extinction events" should it collide with Earth.

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The only interesting aspect of this - is how much attention this event is getting in the press, and on this site. This asteroid was discovered in 2002, the close approach was predicted for 18 years, it has long been understood that it will not hit Earth, and a dozen objects have come closer to the Earth in recent months. This story is like a toddler looking in the sky, seeing an airplane, and yelling to the room that the plane might 'hit us!'. Please please don't spread these bullshit stories.
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