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Potential Earth Impact: Asteroid Poses Threat Equivalent to 2.6 Billion Tons of TNT in Current Year

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FT3, an asteroid identified nearly 20 years ago but lost sight of for over a decade, has reappeared, increasing concerns about an impact on Earth this year.

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Potential Impact: NASA Warns of Asteroid FT3 with Slim Odds of Colliding in October

NASA reported that this astronomical body, with a 1 in 10 million chance of impact on October 5, may release 2.6 billion tons of TNT. Despite not being catastrophic, such an impact might destroy a continent.

NASA told MSN that asteroid FT3 was identified in 2007 but lost due to its unusual flight path. Attention has been drawn to its possible comeback. Slight collision odds reassure that a direct hit is unlikely. However, experts warn that even unlikely events can happen, like winning a billion-dollar lottery with 1 in 300 million odds.

FT3‘s threat is considerable, but MSN considers 29075 more dangerous. With 75 billion tons of TNT, this heavenly asteroid may wipe out all humanity. The probability of asteroid 29075 hitting Earth is 1 in 34,500, and the impact date is March 16, 2880.

READ ALSO: OSIRIS-REx: NASA Gives ‘Go’ to Bring a Piece of Asteroid to Earth

Necessity of Ongoing Observation and Preparedness Amidst Asteroid Threats

These celestial phenomena demonstrate the unpredictability of space and the need for continual observation and research to determine hazards to our planet. Although the likelihood of an asteroid wreaking widespread damage is minimal, scientists stress the need for sustained awareness and mitigation efforts.

Finally, the return of the long-lost asteroid FT3 has sparked Earth impact discussions. Despite the low likelihood of a collision, space phenomena are unpredictable, requiring continual monitoring. Asteroid 29075’s heightened risk of catastrophic impact emphasizes the need for readiness and scientific research to protect against such celestial hazards.

READ ALSO: Asteroid Could Hit Earth With Force of 2.6 Billion Tons of TNT This Year

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