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NASA on alert as HUGE Asteroid 2014-YB35 set to ‘skim past Earth’ at 23,000 mph on FRIDAY


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A MAMMOTH asteroid capable of wiping out an entire country is on a near-collision course with Earth, it has emerged.

PUBLISHED: 18:54, Tue, Mar 24, 2015
A 1,000 metre wide asteroid will skim past earth
The 1,000-metre wide monster will hurtle terrifyingly close to the planet within days, sparking fears of an unprecedented disaster.The object called ‘2014-YB35’ is almost the same size as Ben Nevis and will skim the Earth on FRIDAY travelling at more than 23,000 mph.

Small meteorites often pass close by however one of this size is a once in 5,000-year occurrence, according to concerned astronomers.

A collision with Earth would unleash an explosive force equivalent to more than 15,000 million tonnes – 15,000 megatons – of TNT.

The path of the asteroid is shown below in an animated ‘trajectory map’ released by NASA. It can clearly be seen only narrowly missing the Earth.

Any impact would trigger devastating changes in the climate, earthquakes and tsunamis leading to the eradication of entire communities.

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The graphic shows the path of the asteroid closing in on earth

It would eclipse the destruction caused by the 1908 Tunguska Event which saw a 50-metre lump of extraterrestrial rock crash into Siberia.It flattened an estimated 80 million trees and sent a shock wave across Russia measuring five on the Richter scale.

Experts warn it is only a matter of time before an asteroid capable of “lifer altering” damage collides with our planet.

Bill Napier, professor of astronomy at the University of Buckinghamshire, said there is a “very real risk” of a comet or damaging asteroid hitting Earth.

He said: “Smaller scale events like Tunguska are absolutely a real risk, largely they are undiscovered and so we are unprepared.

“With something like YB35, we are looking at a scale of global destruction, something that would pose a risk to the continuation of the planet.

“These events are however very rare, it is the smaller yet still very damaging impacts which are a very real threat.”

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