Huge Asteroid Set To Hit Earth, Experts Worried

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty, named TC4, may collide with Earth and experts are worried as they have no way of knowing where in the world it will strike. reports:

Astronomers estimate 2012 TC4 could be as large as 40m wide – just under the height of New York’s famous Statue of Liberty from her feet to the tip of the torch.

This is twice the size of the meteor that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013, which injured 1,500 people and damaged more than 7,000 buildings.

The impact of the larger 2012 TC4 asteroid, predicted to near Earth on October 12 2017, could be even more devastating.

And, worryingly, experts cannot yet predict where in the world it will strike.

Dr Judit Györgyey-Ries, astronomer at the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory, told space blog “We could see an airburst maybe broken windows, depending on where it hits.”

The giant asteroid was discovered on October 4, 2012 by a Hawaiian observatory and a week later narrowly missed Earth when it passed 94,800km away.

Detlef Koschny, head of the near-earth object segment at the European Space Agency, said: “There is a one in a million chance that it could hit us.

“The size was estimated from the brightness, but we don’t know the reflectivity. So it could be smaller or larger, assume from 10 to 40 metres.

“A 40m iron object would go through the atmosphere and make a crater; a 10m rocky object would hardly be noticed.”

NASA’s Asteroid Watch said there is no chance the asteroid will hit Earth, but Dr Györgyey-Ries said more observations are needed to mitigate the uncertainties.

  • DOCS

    Nonsense. The US black OPS military space program has the capability to blow this and anything like it out of the sky…

  • John Vorel

    These asteroids and comets have been passing the earth forever. Way before we knew they were out there in the quantity we are aware of now. So, why would it all change nowadays just because we are aware of them? The moon has many craters on it for a reason. Jupiter protects the earth from large strikes by it’s large gravitational pull by design. It shows us that God is in control. And if it strikes us it will be to remind us who really is in control. And to reveal at the core of atheism is narcissism and vain self glorification within mankind. Be still and know God is God.

    • Vaughn Bang

      The idea that the universe is made for one species, and only the ones that are gods chosen that supposedly know the mind of god is the ultimate narrsassim, but like usual, religious people have to project their deragement on everyone else who is not duped just like they are. Religious folks who think in such childish extremes are the worst bunch of elitest suckers who fall for any crazy story. Yes, you all are all sinners, the sin of being gulliable judgemental superstitious morons.