NASA's InSight probe has just reached Mars, the latest in a series of impressive NASA achievements. The space agency also took care of asteroid monitoring and implemented the JPL Sentry system to scan the depths of space. It should be noted an object crossing the cosmos that could become a threat in just five years.
NASA has identified a space monster that could strike with the force of the most dangerous nuclear bomb in the world.
NASA has found an asteroid named 2018 LF16 that may leave the Earth in flames, but the odds are astronomical.
It is virtually guaranteed that LF16 will miss, with virtually no chances of any kind of contact with the Earth's surface.
NASA's calculations are 99.9999967% for a misfire, which represents a 30 million chance that the world will be affected.
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Although the asteroid probably does not hit us, the size and speed of the object make it an alarming presence.
The asteroid LF16 is enormous and reaches a width of 200 meters and a height four times higher than that of the Nelson column of Trafalgar Square.
At the present time, the space rock is booming at extreme speeds of 33,844 mph, with speed and size combined causing damage on impact.
In the scenario of LF16 striking the planet, the result would be as powerful as the devastating Tsar Bomba.
Detonated in 1950, the Russian hydrogen bomb had a power equivalent to 50 megatonnes of TNT and LF16 would not have much trouble competing with that.
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The European Space Agency (ESA) has been talking about the chances that an asteroid will hit the Earth and the degree of destruction of an asteroid such as LF16.
ESA said: "Some asteroids are very large and would cause enormous destruction if they hit the Earth, but their estimated population in our solar system is rather small and more than 90% of them would have been discovered. None of these presents any risk of impact.
"Some are very small (less than 10 m in diameter) and only a tiny fraction of the estimated population has been discovered, but any impact would be safe.
"The main challenge comes from the population of medium-sized objects, ranging from a few tens to several hundred meters in diameter."
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The 2018 asteroid LF16 could also make a landing in the years following 2023, while a total of 62 dates mark the moment the rock could enter the atmosphere.
The nearest date is August 8, 2023 and the next two are August 3, 2024 and August 1, 2025.
None of these dates is likely to produce an impact of any kind.
On the NASA Torino Impact Hazard Scale scale, used to measure the danger posed by an asteroid, the value is zero out of 10.