A giant asteroid reportedly narrowly missed hitting Earth last month. The intriguing news is that this giant asteroid could come back in about 20 years, possibly on a collision course with the planet. According to a report from Friday morning (Oct. 18), if it were to hit Earth, it would hit with a force as powerful as several thousand atomic bombs.
While the reality is that the possibilities of a collision are slim, 2013 TV135 (its name) will come back around in 2032 for another look. Its orbit could bring it closer the next time around, but NASA is quick to point out that the chance of a collision is still only .002 percent. Those are good odds of remaining safe, but this is just one of the big rocks rotating around space right now.
The reason this information didn't come out sooner was because of the government shutdown, which affected NASA and kept the facts from being disseminated to the public. Not everyone wants to hear about close calls like this in space, though, so the news could be glossed over by many people returning to work.
This giant asteroid has been given a danger classification of 1-out-of-10, meaning that it (according to the scale) poses "no unusual level of danger." There is "no cause for public attention or concern." It doesn't stop the story from being pretty interesting.
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