Fear Not: Quarter-Mile Asteroid Is No Threat To Earth, NASA Says

Illustration of small asteroids passing near Earth. Credit: ESA / P. Carril

Illustration of small asteroids passing near Earth. Credit: ESA / P. Carril

Before assuming an asteroid is going to kill us all, take a deep breath and open up the NASA’s Near Earth Object (NEO) program website to check your information, the agency suggests in a statement regarding a so-called threatening asteroid making the rounds in media reports.

Data from the Minor Planet Center shows that the quarter-mile-wide asteroid 2014 UR116 won’t pose a threat to Earth or any other planet in the next 150 years or more, the agency said.

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