NASA Finds New Asteroid Headed in Our Direction

Science & Space

A NASA spacecraft has spotted a “potentially hazardous” asteroid nearly half a mile wide barreling in the general direction of Earth.

The asteroid, named “2013 YP139”, is very dark, 0.4 miles across, and could come almost as close to the Earth as our moon, based on current projections. The rock has earned NASA’s “potentially hazardous” distinction due to its size and projected flight path.

But there’s no need to call Bruce Willis and the rest of the team from “Armageddon” just yet. The asteroid is still 27 million miles away from Earth, and won’t get here for another hundred years at least.

(MORE: ‘The Sights and Sounds of the Solar System’)

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