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Scariest Asteroid To Date Heading To Earth, Capable Of Mass Extinction

The biggest ever asteroid that threatens a collision with Earth is due to skim past us in four days time on May 14th, 2015. 

Astronomers are worried that the asteroid named 1999 FN53 could possibly collide with the Earth, which would be catastrophic in its impact, causing earthquakes, tsunamis and probable mass extinction.

Even though astronomers have calculated it will not collide with the Earth, the slightest deviation in its course could lead to devastation due to its close proximity.

Express.co.uk report:

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.

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 gasses 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’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 is 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.

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.

  • rob f

    well.. six million miles is still about 24 times the distance from the earth as the moon is.. i wouldnt worry 🙂

    • http://www.lermanet.com ArnieLerma

      unless my ex wife is driving

      • Jacki Davies

        lol

  • Mythopœikon

    If the earth was a head and the asteroid was a bullet, it will be equal to a gunshot that missed by aboyt 40 meters…

  • Danny Rose

    UT oh

  • PaulFrancis

    On Dec. 21, 2012 Earth joined a galactic community of STO ET’s. There are plans for Earth and we are the one’s that will carry out the big change, with a little help from our friends. For this to happen, there can be no ELE events. The ET’s are protecting Earth from large rocks, nuclear war and large CME’s. Also there are no other ET’s, ie those not part of our galactic community, influencing Earth. All humans need to push back against TPTB, bankers and Zionazis; that is our job and the impetus for planet change must start and be carried out by Earth’s populace. The ET’s will not spoon feed us. If it is to be, it is up to me.

    • Dandru

      You are scary. Please take your meds. In fact, take twice your normal dosage. Thanks.

      • SomeRandomAngryGuy

        I hope you didn’t just tell someone to OD and kill themselves. You’re now responsible for his life. Hope you learn to be less of a prick.

    • Ani

      What is STO ET’s? How do you know they are “friends?” How do you know we need to “push back against bankers and Zionazis?” What is a Zionazis? Why Dec. 21, 2012? Who are you and why should we believe you?

  • Kev Belgium

    Is this really happening to earth, or is this just to misthief the
    people.. any result yet on Planet Niburu, as told Earth has only 500days
    left, from month ago, dated on September 28th Apocalypse!!

  • grim3per

    relax……i’m sure the koch-roaches of the world will survive

  • Balaji Krishnaswamy

    Nothing will happen has there is millions of years to pass for earth according to Hindu faith. We are in kali yug that too in the very begining phase according to us. So don’t worry

    • l.b thompson

      no one cares about Hindu hateful oppressive stuff in science topics.

      • Balaji Krishnaswamy

        Hiduism is way of life and its only science we have proven thousands of years before that there are only 7 planets with two drawf one and your so called science has identified now only. We are practising astronomy more than whatever you say based on the planetary position. If you dont care thats your choice but don’t inlude everyone by saying no one.

        • l.b thompson

          yeah? the shift the goal to fit into science crap. All religions do that,its cliché. If Hinduism was scientific, they’d be no arranged marriages,forced marriages,stupid belief in astrology in relation to how ones life is meant to go, caste systems that are disgusting in nature,chauvinism at a high rate,no freedom for women and self-choice.So give me a break on hinduism and science, they don’t mix.

    • AndysRecords Aberystwyth

      ignore the assholes, prabhu, and thanks for the information.

  • Paul Hatgil

    Where should it fall? I could say it but I would receive a blue line next to my posting.

    • bill

      I will say it. Right on top of oblowme and his she-male wife. Wherever they may be.

      • Skydog1

        If we could get them to visit Iran on the 14th….

  • joeybot

    What a stupid alarmist article. Yes, in astromical terms, something ten billion light years away is super close too, when you put it up against infinity. So what?

  • Brian

    bruce willis might know how to blow it up

  • Hans de Jonge

    You just have to follow Bauer (sometimes called “Rot Schild”) If that species goes into hiding you should go underground too.

  • Damo

    Hey it’s ok we got M.I.B to help with the STO E Ts they said phone home. Lol

  • Conservativeanarchist

    Now that would put an end to the NWO agenda

  • Skydog1

    Maybe it will wipe out ISIS.

    • jim

      If it hits…ISIS will take credit….

  • Franky Wray

    Lets hope its not a deviant ….

  • George Greek

    I have just farted! Great news! Your stupidity has no limits….

  • Garret Eren Budd

    not on N.A.S.A’s page sooo….FAKE AND GAY!

  • TomInGreeley

    The one passing today is coming a lot closer. Only 4 Lunar Distances(LD) Tomorrow is 12.4 LD.

    http://www.spaceweather.com/

  • Tanya Baranyik

    well it is 10.10pm on the 14.5. and no Asteroids yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

  • djkc909

    LOL “News. Truth. Unfilited.” Ya, whatever.

    Sounds more like OVER-BLOWN SENSATIONALISM TO ME, BUDDY!!

    “SCARIEST”, “HEADING TO EARTH”, “MASS EXTINCTION”, Blah Blah Blah, Bull$#!%. Piss off!
    Stupid mainstream/mass media.
    It’s not going to “hit the Earth”. It’s not going to even “skim the Earth”!!! Silly Earthlings.

    THE REAL TRUTH IS HERE, BOZOS: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4588

    And, BTW, that picture with the NASA Logo and an asteroid hitting Earth, is NOT REALLY NASA ENDORSED!! Some dumb azz right-wing conspiracy nut slapped it on there….

  • tmazzbo

    Hummm I just read a few days ago that NASA said we didn’t have a thing to worry about for the next 100 years or so … Hummmm