‘Hazardous asteroid’ 3 times bigger than a football pitch to skim past Earth this week

While there are no imminent threats to human live, NASA is studying one asteroid up close which has the potential to hit Earth.

Named Bennu, the asteroid has a 1/2700 chance of impacting our planet between 2175 and 2195.

Discussing Bennu, NASA’s website says: “The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will complete a 2-year investigation of Bennu before plucking a sample of asteroid material off its surface and delivering it back to Earth.

“Along with collecting a sample, OSIRIS-REx will also be studying how light absorbed from the Sun and re-radiated by Bennu affects its orbit—and consequently, how that orbit could become more dangerous for Earth.”

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