NASA Spots ‘Potentially Hazardous’ Asteroid Rapidly Approaching Earth | IGN

NASA has confirmed that an asteroid larger than the tallest man-made structure in the world is currently travelling towards Earth at a speed of almost 34,000 miles per hour.

According to International Business Times, NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) identified that the “potentially hazardous” asteroid could come close to intersecting with our planet’s path on February 15, 2020, at 6:05 a.m. (EST).

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“Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth,” NASA said in a statement.

The colossal space rock, which is expected to pass over our planet from a distance of around 3.6 million miles, is estimated to have a diameter of around 3,250 feet, making it large enough to potentially “trigger a nuclear winter and mass extinction events” should it collide with Earth.

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For decades, films have dealt with the subject of potentially dangerous asteroid collisions. In fact, mankind was nearly destroyed by a giant space rock not once, but twice, in the 90s with Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact and Michael Bay’s Armageddon – but which of these apocalyptic flicks has stood the test of time? Check out our Armageddon vs. Deep Impact comparison feature to find out.

Alternatively, take a look at our list of Top 10 best disaster movies ever made.

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Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.
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