NASA wouldn’t have been able to stop it from colliding with us if it had been on a collision course.
“We are lucky,” Dr. Joseph A. Nuth, a senior asteroid scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“This asteroid was discovered in 2014 – just three years ago,” he said. “Had it been heading for the Earth, there would have been very little that we could do to prevent an impact.”
The 2,000-foot-wide asteroid, called JO25, will miss Earth by only 1.1 million miles on April 19, according to NASA. There is no possibility the asteroid to collide with Earth, but it’s taking an extremely close approach for a rock that size.