Russian Astronomers Say Asteroid Might Collide With Earth — in 2032

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Ukrainian astronomers say an asteroid might collide with Earth in a couple of decades, a Russian news service reported Thursday.

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People look at what scientists believe to be a chunk of a meteor recovered from Russia’s Chebarkul Lake. A meteor exploded over the area in February. (credit: Associated Press)

Space watchers from the observatory in the Crimean peninsula said they discovered an asteroid about 1,345 feet in diameter, which they call 2013 TV135, that is approaching Earth at a potentially dangerous trajectory, RIA Novosti said.

The astronomers calculated the date of a potential collision as Aug. 26, 2032, the news service said, but they acknowledged that the odds of an impact as 1 in 63,000.

The force of such a possible collision could be the equivalent of setting off about 2.5 megatons of TNT, RIA Novosti reported.

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