An asteroid twice as tall as the Empire State Building will miss the Earth in less than a month, flying 23,100 km / h on our planet.
The Asteroid 200 QW7 will have a close conversation on September 14, with one space developer warning that we have no "protection" against asteroid killers.
The giant rock is 650 meters in diameter, about twice the size of the Auckland Tower in the sky.
The revelation comes from the Center for the Study of Near-Earth Objects (CNEOS), which says the asteroid will only be 5.3 million km from Earth when it flies to it.
The news comes when Space X CEO Elon Musk issued a chilling warning about our vulnerability to asteroid impacts.
In response to a tweet about Apophis, an asteroid due in 2029, Musk indicated that we have no plans to repel the space rock killer.
Musk said, "You won't worry about this particular one, but eventually a large rock will hit the Earth. We have no protection at the moment. ”
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Apophis, named after the Egyptian god of chaos and darkness, is expected by scientists to make several passes on Earth this century.
His visit in 2029 will see the asteroid move closer to the planet than our own time satellites and a space buffet released a horrifying video of what would happen if it collided.
Video from a Space Tube user from You Tube shows impact in the Atlantic, leading to a devastating fireball traveling to the US state of Kansas, over 4,000 km from the impact.
Those who survived the first impact will then have to face the debris that waves back to Earth like fiery asteroids, though he notes that the rock "has a very small chance of actually hitting Earth in real life." .
Nasa estimates the chance of a collision as only one in 250,000 people.
"Apophis is representative of about 2000 currently known potentially dangerous asteroids," says Noda Paul Hodas.
“Observing Apophis during his flight in 2029, we will acquire important scientific knowledge that could one day be used for planetary defense. "