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An asteroid was discovered in 2011 and was named 2011 AG5. Since the asteroid’s discovery, scientists have plotted as much of its orbit as they can. According to the scientists, there is a very small chance that the asteroid could impact the Earth in February 2040. However, there is no need to wake up Bruce Willis just yet. The scientists have only watched the asteroid for half of its orbit so they can’t say for certain at this point where it will be 28 years from now.
Originally posted by CaptainBeno
The 140-m wide object, named 2011 AG5, has already put officials of the United Nations Action Team on near-Earth objects on alert and the agency has begun discussing ways to divert it.
According to NASA, top ways of deflecting the asteroid are putting a probe onto the rock and using the extra gravity to steer the asteroid away over millions of light years.
A routine discovery in which a pass near the Earth is predicted that poses no unusual level of danger. Current calculations show the chance of collision is extremely unlikely with no cause for public attention or public concern. New telescopic observations very likely will lead to re-assignment to Level 0.