Giant asteroid on collision course with Earth says astronomer

Giant asteroid on collision course with Earth says astronomer

A top astronomer from the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory claims that a 40 metre wide asteroid is on a collision course with Earth.

Dr Judit Györgyey-Ries says the space rock could cause more devastation than the one which hospitalised 1,200 people in Russia in 2013.

Dr Judit Györgyey-Ries

The impact of the asteroid, predicted to near Earth on October 12 2017, could be devastating. And, worryingly, experts cannot yet predict where in the world it will strike.

Dr Györgyey-Ries told astrowatch.net:

 "We could see an airburst maybe broken windows, depending on where it hits.

But the head of the near-earth object segment at the European Space Agency Detlef Koschny said: "There is a one in a million chance that it could hit us.

"The size was estimated from the brightness, but we don't know the reflectivity. So it could be smaller or larger, assume from 10 to 40 metres.

NASA's Asteroid Watch said there is no chance the asteroid will hit Earth, but Dr Györgyey-Ries said more observations are needed to mitigate the uncertainties.