Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Passes Earth

Today, an asteroid 2004 BL86 flew by Earth, pulling its own moon along for the ride. The enormous space rock is believed to measure at 325 meters across and 1800 meters in diameter. 2004 BL86 rocketed past Earth at 35,000 MPH.

Although the rock does not pose a foreseeable threat, in the far distant future it has the potential to cause damage. The asteroid is set to return near Earth in about 200 years, and it will be closer and closer to our blue and green planet each time. Due to traveling within 5 million miles of Earth Asteroid 2004 BL86 is classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA).

Does Armageddon sound like it might be in the planet’s distant future? Will they survive without Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and team to save Earth?

 

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