Some experts and proponents of conspiracy theories believe that a large asteroid may crash into our planet in the near future. The blow will be so strong that it will lead to the death of all civilization. The arrival of the object with a width of 1.5 miles is expected in 2028.
We are talking about the 1997 XF11 asteroid, which last flew past the Earth in June 2016 at a distance of 16 million miles. It is believed that with the next visit there will be disastrous consequences. It should reach 588,000 miles with serious uncertainty in orbit. Its parameters can be compared with 125 double-decker buses. This size is enough to completely destroy London or New York.
For the first time he was noticed in 1997 and believed that he was able to travel at a distance of 30,000 miles from the planet. This is a short distance where earth gravity could attract cosmic rock to itself. However, NASA is reassured on this point, arguing that the stone will fly past us on the safe orbital path of the moon.
Some believe that a large asteroid will destroy the Earth in 2028
The agency states that the asteroid should fly far beyond the moon in October 2028 with zero probability of influence on the Earth. Estimated distance - about 960,000 km. However, NASA also reminds that less than 10% of cosmic rocks are now known, which are really capable of posing a threat.
Asteroid 1997 XF11 passes far beyond the limits of the Moon
In 2016, we met two smaller objects that came pretty close. This is an 8-meter 2016 LP10 with a distance of 48,000 miles (1/5 of the Earth-Moon distance). The second is the 23-meter 2016 LE10, with a distance of 280,000 miles.