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NASA Confirms Doomsday Asteroid Close Encounter

NASA Confirms Doomsday Asteroid Close Encounter

A giant asteroid is confirmed by NASA to be heading our way!

On October 10, 2015, the mile and a half wide Asteroid 86666 (2000 FL10), will zoom by the Earth.

Although they are relentlessly tracking the object, the space agency claims it poses no threat.

While trajectory calculations indicate the asteroid will pass safely at nearly 16 million miles away, NASA scientists are keeping a close eye on it – and for good reason - a space rock that big has the concussive power to decimate Earth in a global extinction event.

The Jet Propulsion Lab's Near-Earth Object Observations continually monitors all known celestial bodies and their course through the solar system.

Even NASA admits that Asteroid 86666 is one of the largest to approach Earth in recent years.

And if you want to track Asteroid 86666 yourself in real-time, you can use the JPL's Small-Body Database Browser to do so.

The manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Observations, Paul Chodas, has repeatedly said there would be no Earth impacts "anytime in the foreseeable future."

"Foreseeable" being the operative word.

In the vast unknown universe, predicting the future remains a best-guess scenario – even for the best and brightest of us.

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