An asteroid has small chance to hit the Earth in September

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An asteroid almost as big Paris’s Arc de Triomphe has a 1-in-7000 chance of hitting Earth in September 9, this year. Asteroid 2006 QV89 measures 130 feet (40 meters) in diameter and will be as close as 4.2 million miles (6.7 million kilometers) from the planet. There’s no need to panic. To compare distances, the moon is 238,900 miles (384,400 km) away. Roughly the width of a football field, the asteroid is not big enough to wipe out civilization, but an impact with Earth would be more powerful than the Chelyabinsk Event of 2013, when 1,500 people were injured and 7,200 buildings damaged by the shock wave.

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Imagined asteroid impact

“These events are not rare. They happen,” said recently NASA chief Jim Bridenstine. ESA has placed the asteroid 2006 QV89 on its risk list, which is essentially a catalogue of all the space objects for which ESA has detected a non-zero probability. They are currently working on analyzing the route of this asteroid. The ESA’s risk list organizes near-Earth objects by their Palermo scale rating, which measures potential impact risks. 2006 QV89’s value is -3.63. According to the ESA, after this year, this asteroid is set for another close approach in 2032.

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