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Will an asteroid hit Earth?

Will an asteroid hit Earth?

© David A. Hardy

It might seem a science fiction movie script but is happening more often than you think. The Earth is hit all the time by asteroids, but they are small and burn out in the atmosphere before crushing down.

Thanks to the technologies now available, we can track all asteroids that come close to Earth and predict their trajectory even several decades in advance.

In 2028 a big asteroid is coming really close to Earth, missing us by a hair. The 1997 XF 11 asteroid will come so close to our planet that a slight change in its trajectory may have disastrous consequences. (more…)