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NASA says don't worry about asteroid 2013 TV135 'blowing up' Earth in 2032

Agency is 99.998 percent certain asteroid won't strike Earth in 2032.
By Evan Bleier   |   Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM   |   Comments

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(UPI) -- Although some are panicking about asteroid 2013 TV135 because of reports that it will strike the Earth in 2032, NASA is saying there is no need to worry.

"A 400-metre asteroid is threatening to blow up the Earth," Russian vice-premier Dmitry Rogozin, wrote on his Twitter account. "Here is a super target for the national cosmonautics."

Ukrainian astronomers discovered and named the asteroid on Saturday.

NASA issued a statement about the asteroid that it called "a reality check." The agency claims that it is 99.998 percent certain that when the asteroid approaches Earth in 2032, it will fly right past. According to NASA, the probability of it striking Earth currently stands at 1:63,000.

"This is a relatively new discovery," said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's NEO Program. "With more observations, I fully expect we will be able to significantly reduce, or rule out entirely, any impact probability for the foreseeable future."

2013 TV135 has a danger rating of one out of a possible 10 on the Torino Impact Hazard Scale, meaning that it poses "no unusual level of danger" and that there is "no cause for public attention or concern."

Asteroid 2013 TV135 passed by Earth on September 16 at a distance of 4.2 million miles. To put it in perspective, 2013 TV135 was more than 15 times as far away from Earth as the moon when it soared by.

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