1. Asteroid 86666 to ‘swoosh’ past Earth this weekend, says NASA

Asteroid 86666 to ‘swoosh’ past Earth this weekend, says NASA

NASA has announced that Asteroid 86666, a giant rock that has the potential to end life on the planet, will narrowly miss Earth this weekend.

By: | Published: October 9, 2015 5:35 PM

NASA has announced that Asteroid 86666, a giant rock that has the potential to end life on the planet, will narrowly miss Earth this weekend.

The asteroid will speed past at 64,374 km per hour on the weekend and will miss Earth at a distance of 25,228,800 km, News.com.au reports.

If an asteroid of this size collides with Earth, it would wipe out the ozone layer and create tsunamis at least 91 metres high.

According to NASA, the asteroid was first spotted 16 years ago, and was similar to the 1862 Apollo asteroid which was classified as a potentially hazardous object (PHO).

A PHO is an asteroid with an orbit that creates potential for close approaches with Earth and would cause significant damage if it were to make impact.

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