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Asteroid a MILE wide to hurtle past Earth in 48 HOURS – as experts warn of MASS EXTINCTION

Asteroid a MILE wide to hurtle past Earth in 48 HOURS - as experts warn of MASS EXTINCTION 1

A COLOSSAL asteroid hurtling through space is feared to be one of the biggest EVER to threaten a collision with Earth.

The gigantic missile thought to measure almost a mile across will brush closer than previous monsters which have sparked a global panic.Worried astronomers warned 1999 FN53, which is an eighth of the size of Mount Everest, will skim the Earth in TWO DAYS.A collision would be nothing short of catastrophic triggering mass destruction, earthquakes and global extinction.

The monster is more than TEN TIMES bigger than other meteorites currently visible on NASA’s Near Earth Object radar.It is also double the size of the gargantuan 2014-YB35 which had astronomers around the world watching the skies in March.Experts warn a collision would trigger an explosion similar to millions of megatons of TNT and would be capable of killing 1.5 billion people.It would be far more destructive than the 1908 Tunguska Event which saw a 50-metre lump of extraterrestrial rock crash into Siberia.

It flattened around 80 million trees and sent a shock wave across Russia measuring five on the Richter scale.
The event is held by scientists as a benchmark for the catastrophic consequence of an asteroid impact with earth.

The gigantic lump of rock is travelling faster than 30,000 mph and will brush terrifyingly close to Earth on Thursday.

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Bill Napier, professor of astronomy at the University of Buckinghamshire, said an impact would leave unimaginable destruction.He said: “People are concerned about an impact from a very large asteroid, and the impact of something of this scale would be nothing short of global.“It is certainly one of the biggest on the radar, and much bigger than the Tunguska asteroid which was one of the most significant in history.“This is in a completely different ball park, we are talking about millions of megatons of energy, vastly more than was released in Hiroshima.“It would undoubtedly lead to the deaths of around 1.5 billion people, we are looking at a mass extinction of humanity.“To understand the impact of something on this scale, you would have to look to the science fiction writers, it is incomprehensible.”
The asteroid is currently hurtling around the Earth fifty times faster than a jumbo jet and double the speed of a space rocket.Though several million miles away astronomers fear a slight deviation from its orbit will put it on a headlong collision course with the planet.Professor Napier said: “It is a bit like shooting through a key hole. “All being well this one is far enough away not to do us any harm, but people are concerned because you just don’t know.”

If it were to strike the sea it would send a plume of halogen gases into the stratosphere, destroying the ozone layer, he said.He added: “This would allow unrestricted sunlight hit the Earth, the sky would heat up becoming strong enough to burn vegetation.“It would also put a lot of water into the stratosphere with these effects ultimately leading to a mass extinction.”

NASA are keeping a close eye on the colossal asteroid

NASA’s Near Earth Object Programme puts the enormous lump of rock on course to pass within six million miles of Earth on May 14.In astronomical terms this is a tiny distance and close enough to prompt astronomers to keep an eye on it until it passes safely.

Its exact size is still unclear though it is estimated to be between 580 metres and 1.3km wide – most likely around 680 metres.In a statement NASA said: “1999 FN53 was discovered on 1999 Mar 31 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search (LONEOS).“It has an absolute magnitude of 18.3 suggesting a diameter within a factor of two of 680 metres but otherwise its physical properties are poorly known.
“The asteroid will approach Earth…on 2015 Mar 14.”

Astronomers have named June 30 as Asteroid Day to highlight the dangers of Potentially Dangerous Asteroids (PHAs) hurtling through space.

Initiative co-founder Grigorij Richters warned there are thousands which have not been identified which could ”destroy life”.

He said: “It just takes one asteroid to completely destroy life, not just humanity, but all species.

 

Source www.express.co.uk

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tricks
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Mass resignation of politicians.earthquakes,Yellowstone threatening to erupt, operation jade helm.are they not telling us something??

yousafhaque
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YES.The incidents you mention here are telling us that such happenings are a norm on earth since it’s inception.the quick knowledge of the incidents tell us further that electronic media has advanced to such a high level that even the smallest event that takes place in some remote corner of the world is immediately made known all over the world,within seconds.Nature has it’s own way of doing things.Only man is chicken hearted to get upset soon about something he does not understand

Khaki pillowslip
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Scare-mongering, nothing more, nothing less.
This asteroid is far too far away to hit, do some proper bloody research..
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4588

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Do your own research, source at the bottom of the page??

dee
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another big rock misses the Earth, yawn

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Who’s cares anyway

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john
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love how they have named a day for asteroid awareness
like i can do something about it

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Oops, well some day something bad will happen ? the universe is a dangerous place ???

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I won’t worry! the good Aliens will blast it away!! they’re protecting us 😉

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No. it is not going to hit Earth any way.Dont be panic.

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Think I’m gonna do a lot of drinking over the next 48. Clean out my bank account. Through one hell of a party. Details to follow. ? Your all invited.

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Fook me . How many ELE asteroids are out there ? You guys seem to publishing 1 per week

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You must be experiencing a glitch in the Matrix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_KmNZNT5xw

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I know. You’ve told me a million times not to exaggerate 🙂 lol

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Exaggeration, perhaps.

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Why should it deviate?

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Fear porn..

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May I ask what direction and time?

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Mars Planet, Dear King Annunaki, Do You Have Any Remark Opinion About Earth Planet Comparatively From Mars Planet?

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Could happen any time!

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6.000.000 miles away from earth, and you are talking about a warning for a mass extinction event? Go back to sleep and enjoy your nightmares.

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“… to pass within six million miles of Earth on May 14.” scary…

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Jeez we doomed x

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Bound to happen some day…

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Will make the Tories happy less of us to control……..

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The end of the world, as we know it!! Back to the stone age!!

dncswclds
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Look out.. No wait… Today is the 15th and EVERYBODY is still here. Bill Nye is an idiot anyways.

allien
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OOOOoh, shit, it’s the 15th & we are still alive. How disappointing for you, init ? lol

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Great post!!

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