Asteroid warning: NASA tracks a 4KM killer rock on approach - Could end human civilisation
AN ASTEROID capable of ending human civilisation if it hits will approach our planet in April, NASA's asteroid trackers have confirmed
The asteroid is being watched by NASA’s automated tracking systems at the Center for Near Earth Object Studies in California, US. The asteroid has been officially called 52768 (1998 OR2) and is estimated measure up 2.5 miles (4.1km) across.
An object this big could potentially spell the end of the human race if it strikes the planet.
NASA estimates the rock is heading our way at speeds of about 8.7km per second or 19,461mph (31,320kmh).
But just how close does NASA expect the asteroid to come to Earth next month?
At its closest, the space rock will approach our planet from about 0.04205 astronomical units.
One astronomical unit is the average distance from our planet to the Sun – about 93 million miles (149.6 million km).
Asteroid OR2 will drastically cut this down to just 3.9 million miles (6.29 million km) on April 29.
Nasa films mystery UFO following the International Space Station for 20 minutes
Cameras on board the International Space Station (ISS) have picked up a strange, cone-shaped object in orbit around Earth. The unexplained object seemingly keeps pace with the space station as the cameras remain locked on it for over 20 minutes. Naturally, the footage has been picked up and circulated around parts of the internet dedicated to discussing alien technology. Fanning the conspiracy flames even further, the camera zooms in on the object at one point suggesting that Nasa is aware of its presence. For the bus-sized object to keep pace with the ISS, it would need to be travelling at around 7.8 kilometers-per-second. The footage was picked up and shared on a YouTube channel called ET Data Base hosted by noted UFO-watcher Scott C. Waring ‘That is NASA zooming in on the UFO, not me,’ Waring notes of the footage. ‘They are as baffled by it as I am. They don’t know what it is or why it is there.’