A Recent History of Asteroids Nearly Destroying Earth

2004 XP14

Date: 7/3/2006

Due to its estimated size of 300 to 900 meters in diameter, 2004 XP14 had been classified as a PHA: Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. How close was it to hitting us? 268,624 miles. Or 1.1 times the Moon's average distance from Earth. After extensive monitoring, scientists correctly predicted XP14 would take a detour around Earth. But there's still a possibility of it striking in the near future.

Tags: space, asteroids
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