Beast Asteroid Comes Close To Earth Sunday

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - June 7, 2014

A giant asteroid known as the Beast will come very close to Earth on Sunday.

The huge asteroid is the size of a football stadium and although it will come close enough to the earth to be seen with a telescope, scientists say that there is no chance it will hit Earth.

Size isn’t the only thing the Beast has going for it, it will also be traveling extremely fast.

When it comes the closest to the earth on Sunday, the Beast or HQ1234 will be traveling as fast as 31,000 mph.

The asteroid is being tracked by a robotic telescope called Slooh, but it was only discovered two months ago.

Many scientists are concerned that it took so long to discover the asteroid, especially considering its size and how close it will come to our planet.

Although scientist have said that the asteroid won’t hit Earth, that hasn’t stopped people from wondering what would happen if it did.

“HQ124 is at least 10 times bigger, and possibly 20 times, than the asteroid that injured a thousand people last year in Chelyabinsk, Siberia,” Slooh astronomer Bob Berman said in a statement. “If it were [to] impact us, the energy released would be measured not in kilotons like the atomic bombs that ended World War II, but in H-bomb type megatons.”

Slooh has recently partnered with NASA to search for giant asteroids that have the possibility of colliding with Earth or coming very close to it. There are believed to be 15,000 near-Earth asteroids 460 feet (140 m) wide, and of these, only about 30 percent of those have been found.

By finding and tracking these killer asteroids, scientists can determine if the earth is in danger of being hit by one. If a giant asteroid ever does collide with Earth, it could potentially kill millions of people and change the planet forever.

By understanding how killer asteroids travel, NASA and Slooh can develop ways to destroy them if necessary.

Do you think Earth will ever be struck by a killer asteroid?

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Ellisha Rader ManneringEllisha is a writer, wife, and mommy to Cyrus and Milo. She enjoys fishing, hiking, being outdoors, shopping, traveling with her family and teaching baton twirling. Follow her on Twitter @lishann

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  • LC D

    of course it will. Earth has been hit numerous times in the past and it will happen again in the future. Just look at the moon. Lets just hope it doesn’t happen soon!

  • Jerry Frost

    yes sometime Earth will again be hit by another big rock

  • David Reckinger

    Only a matter of time.

  • SuperDave

    For a little perspective, this asteroid is traveling 31,000 mph, and the bullet of a 30 caliber M-1 military carbine rifle travels roughly 1,400 mph

  • bobski

    What if it hit one of our other planets or fragments of this one follows and hits us ?
    not paronoid just seems to increase the odds of affecting us ?

  • Axel Foley

    Call Bruce Willis and have them drill it. He did it before he can do it again.

  • Geronimo

    We are doomed. Knowing about a killer-sized asteroid only two months in advance would not give us time to try and disrupt or destroy it. Just kiss the old crapper goodbye.

  • peter wolf

    Please, please, PLEASE hit Sacramento !! Preferably while the full state assembly is in session and the governor is in his office.

  • Wayne G. Nels

    If I hit the Power Ball tonight, mark my word, that Asteroid will hit Sunday night landing right atop my house

  • bastard in the usa

    we still have 4 more asteroids to worried about 2018,2024.2029,2036 hope none of them hit earth or were fucked lol

  • OhioGene

    They don’t have to hit us to cause damage (if they are large enough). IF they cause a tidal change it would generate geophysical changes in the land the sea and even the atmosphere simply from a near miss.

  • LVRich

    Maybe they can nudge it to hit my in-laws. no more thanksgivings WOO HOO

  • conspiracytheory

    theres something above the asteroid at 1:01:32 its faint but its gone right after in the next frame top right of asteroid faint glow then gone!

    • conspiracytheory

      actually 1:01:45