A Recent History of Asteroids Nearly Destroying Earth

2010 AL30

Date: 1/13/2010

Italian scientists Ernesto Guido and Giovanni Sostero first documented AL30 as a spent rocket booster stuck in orbit. That theory was proved wrong after it was later confirmed to be a near-Earth asteroid calculated at 10-15 meters wide. The object passed within 130,000 km of our planet. Had it collided with Earth, the impact would have resulted in an air burst comparable to 100kt of TNT.

Tags: space, asteroids
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