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Asteroid may hit earth in 2014: British astronomers

September 03, 2003 08:38 IST

There is a 'slim' chance that a newly discovered asteroid -- 2003 QQ47 -- may hit Earth on March 21, 2014, British astronomers have said.

2003 QQ47 has a mass of around 2.6 billion tonnes and is 1.2 kilometres wide.

If the asteroid hits our planet, the impact would unleash force of 350,000 megatonnes, which is around eight million times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. On impact it would be travelling at 75,000 miles an hour.

The astronomers, who use the Torino scale to rate the chances of newly discovered asteroids and comets hitting the earth, classify the chances of the asteroid hitting the earth as 'an event meriting careful monitoring'.

But they are quick to point out the probability of such a collision was just one in 909,000.

The asteroid is around one-tenth of the size of the meteor that is believed to have wiped out dinosaurs on Earth 65 million years ago, said Kevin Yates, project manager of the near-Earth object information centre in Leicestershire central England.

"As additional observations are made over the coming months, and the uncertainties decrease, asteroid 2003 QQ47 is likely to drop down the Torino scale," Yates added.



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Sub: Astorid

Nah, I won't die if it hits the earth. I got my enchanted umbrella with armor 1337 (Note: This is very high at my level) ...

Posted by Daniel

Sub: let's see for a minute here

1 in 909,000 odds eh ? Well, if Arnie can get into politics as the Governer of Cali, then we best call the best of ...

Posted by Malcolm - not X - not in the Middle

Sub: Asteroid 2014

As scary as this all sounds I am glad that our goverment has people constantly watching the skies for things like this. I would rather ...

Posted by carly

Sub: asteroid

send bruce willis and his team to sort it out..

Posted by dave southwood

Sub: asteroid hittng the earth

is the asteroid observable thru telescope.if yes,pl provide the Right Ascencion & Declinaton of the same

Posted by Jitu Patel



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