Asteroid warning: 20,000 potentially DANGEROUS asteroids fly past Earth – 861 pose RISK

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More than 860 and comets whizzing around Earth have the potential to strike the planet at a future date. Each month, the European Space Agency discovers around 160 new space rocks but many remain unaccounted for. Last month alone (April 2019), the ESA has revealed 208 new asteroids closing in on Earth. And since the start of the year, the ESA’s database of so-called Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) has grown by 731 space rocks.

As of April 27 this year, the total number of NEOs flying past Earth stands at a terrifying 20,022 asteroids and 107 .

Date: 2019-05-09T09:20:00+01:00
Author: Sebastian Kettley
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