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131-foot-wide asteroid may strike Earth, airburst in September, space agency says

(INTELLIHUB) — The European Space Agency’s space situational awareness risk list reveals that a 131-foot-wide asteroid may strike Earth or airburst inside the atmosphere in September.

ESA data shows that the compacted chunk of rock named 2018 SV13 is traveling at a speed of about 44,000 miles per hour and will be headed inbound on September 22 with a “non-zero” chance of impacting. (i.e. the ESA thinks there is a possibility the asteroid may hit)

Although it is unknown if the object will miss earth altogether, burn up in the earth’s atmosphere upon entry, airburst or impact, one thing is for sure, planetary defense agencies in both Europe and the United States will be on high alert and will be ready to mitigate and or deflect the object if need be.

The ESA publically estimates the probability of an airburst is a chance of 1 in 3.6 million but if the near-earth earthbound object were to airburst it could pose a significant threat and cause significant damage to the affected area.

The object has been catalogued in the ESA risk list for 624 days at the time this article was authored.

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