A newly discovered asteroid came rather close to Earth this week as far as astronomical terms go, but it didn't end up hitting the planet, obviously. NBC News has reported on Oct. 18, 2013, that the asteroid could likely come back around and make a return in 2032, but there is little risk of it hitting Earth.
According to NASA, the asteroid known as 2013 TV135, came within 4.2 million miles of Earth this past Wednesday.
2013 TV135 was discovered back in Oct. 8, 2013, by astronomers at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in Ukraine. Since it has already passed, astronomers have no more than a week's worth of observations to dissect and study, but they believe the asteroid's orbit will bring it back near Earth in 2032.
To keep you at ease, the probability of it hitting Earth in 2032 is only one in 63,000.
"To put it another way, that puts the current probability of no impact in 2032 at about 99.998 percent," said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
There will be more studying and research and observations done in the coming months and could possibly reduce Earth's risk even more. The 2032 orbit return of the asteroid may honestly not even come close to Earth once more calculations are looked at.
2013 TV135 is said to be an estimated 1,300 feet in size.