NASA has confirmed that a massive asteroid measuring approximately 2 miles wide is headed Earth’s way but is most likely to flash past harmlessly by the weekend. The asteroid, originally identified 16 years ago, may be classified as a “potentially hazardous object” the agency reports. However, it also clarified that the asteroid is unlikely to hit the planet, affirming that no other “observed” asteroid or comet is expected to impact earth “in the foreseeable future.”
An asteroid can be classified as a potentially hazardous object when it sets upon an irreversible collision course with Earth and carries the potential for inflicting extensive damage to it upon impact. Any large asteroid that comes inside 7,402,982 km of Earth can be described as a potentially destructive asteroid.