AT last, some good news! A giant 2.5-mile asteroid soaring towards Earth won’t smash into our planet today, according to Nasa.Unfortunately, the US space agency reckons there are still 22 space rocks that could hit Earth in the years to come.

Any fast moving space object that comes within around 4.65 million miles is considered to be “potentially hazardous” by cautious space organisations.

Nasa also keeps a “Sentry: Earth Impact Monitoring” list that summarises “potential future Earth impact events”.

This table currently contains 22 space rocks that Nasa thinks have a small chance of actually hitting us.

The space agency explained: “Sentry is a highly automated collision monitoring system that continually scans the most current asteroid catalog for possibilities of future impact with Earth over the next 100 years.

Asteroids that might hit Earth

Here’s all the space rocks on Nasa’s list…

  1. Asteroid 29075 (1950 DA): potential impacts = 1, year = 2880, size = 4265 feet
  2. Asteroid Bennu: potential impacts = 78, year = 2175-2199, size = 1608 feet
  3. Asteroid Apophis: potential impacts = 12, year = 2060-2105, size = 1214 feet
  4. Asteroid (2000 SG344): potential impacts = 101, year = 2069-2113, size = 121 feet
  5. Asteroid (2020 HJ4): potential impacts = 30, year = 2054-2118, size = 1050 feet
  6. Asteroid (2007 FT3): potential impacts = 164, year = 2024-2116, size = 1115 feet
  7. Asteroid (2008 JL3): potential impacts = 27, year = 2027-2119, size = 95 feet
  8. Asteroid (2009 JF1): potential impacts = 1, year = 2022, size = 42 feet
  9. Asteroid (2010 RF12): potential impacts = 62, year = 2095-2118, size = 23 feet
  10. Asteroid (2005 QK76): potential impacts = 9, year = 2030-2107, size = 102 feet
  11. Asteroid (1994 GK): potential impacts = 5, year = 2051-2067, size = 157 feet
  12. Asteroid (2008 UB7): potential impacts = 31, year = 2048-2100, size = 190 feet
  13. Asteroid (2017 US): potential impacts = 16, year = 2085-2111, size = 69 feet
  14. Asteroid (2012 HG2): potential impacts = 469, year = 2052-2119, size = 46 feet
  15. Asteroid (2000 SB45): potential impacts = 101, year = 2074-2113, size = 151 feet
  16. Asteroid (2020 FT3): potential impacts = 13, year = 2089-2119, size = 259 feet
  17. Asteroid (2012 QD8): potential impacts = 4, year = 2042-2105, size = 266 feet
  18. Asteroid (2007 DX40): potential impacts = 41, year = 2030-2111, size = 131 feet
  19. Asteroid (2018 VP1): potential impacts = 3, year = 2020-2025, size = 7 feet
  20. Asteroid (2008 EX5): potential impacts = 16, year = 2061-2090, size = 194 feet
  21. Asteroid (2005 ED224): potential impacts = 5, year = 2023-2064, size = 177 feet
  22. Asteroid (2013 VW13): potential impacts = 9, year = 2071-2084, size = 62 feet

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