How an asteroid near-miss shocked the UN

On the morning of 15 February 2013, a research team in central Europe was preparing its final recommendations to a United Nations

asteroid ‘2012 DA14’ would pass within 27,700 kilometres of Earth that very afternoon – closer than the orbit of meteorology and communications satellites.

. The shockwave knocked down walls, blew out windows and injured over 1,600 people.

Asteroid 2015 HD1 was discovered by NASA’s Mt Lemmon Survey Telescope on 18 April 2015,

The chances of an asteroid striking Earth are very low, but if it were to happen the damage could be catastrophic.

In 2029, the asteroid Apophis will pass within 31,600 kilometres of Earth. For this asteroid, humankind is prepared.

it has been mapped and it has been assessed to have a negligible risk of impact.

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