Japanese Fireball Might Hit Earth One Day But Everything’s Totally Fine

Japanese Fireball Might Hit Earth One Day But Everything’s Totally Fine
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Back in 2017, a fireball lit up the skies of Japan and no one knew what was going on.

Scientists have now figured out what the hell happened and there’s a small chance it might collide with Earth one day.

as reported by LiveScience

The thing is, scientists have now figured out the asteroid came from a much larger parent, 2003 YT1, with a diameter of around two kilometres. It’s estimated that this big boi has a six per cent chance of hitting Earth at some point in the next 10 million years. Admittedly, that’s a pretty big range but still, yikes.

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2003 YT1 was first discovered in 2003 and is a binary asteroid. This means there’s a primary and secondary asteroid orbiting the same axle known as a barycenter. That two kilometre asteroid is the big daddy but it has a little child, which shares its space, with around a 200 metre diameter.

That six per cent chance is very small but it’s enough for scientists to deem it potentially hazardous.

Not that I wish certain distress on future generations but let’s hope that tiny window doesn’t occur within our lifetime.

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