Planet-Killer? NASA On Alert For 'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroid Fast-Approaching Earth

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by Tyler Durden
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 - 11:00 PM

NASA has confirmed that a potentially hazardous asteroid is traveling towards Earth at a mind-numbing 34,000 mph this weekend, the International Business Times reported.

NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) detected the incoming asteroid as 163373 (2002 PZ39), measures about 3,250 feet across, and is expected to pass over Earth on Saturday. 

"Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid's potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth," NASA said in a statement.  

NASA has been simulating for an "asteroid apocalypse" to help the space agency better prepare for an asteroid strike. But don't be alarmed, this weekend's extremely close pass over will miss Earth by a distance 0.03860 astronomical units, or about 3.6 million miles.

With a near-miss expected this weekend, there's another asteroid lurking above that measures a mile long and could threaten human civilization. 

Japanese scientists warned last month, "the potential breakup of the rock could be dangerous to life on Earth. Those resulting asteroids could hit the Earth in the next 10 million years or so."

And it makes complete sense, why not just NASA, but Zerohedge readers are really going to like this, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also been preparing for a possible disaster of an asteroid strike. 

The European Space Agency (ESA) recently ran simulations of an asteroid strikes on Earth, indicating that it too is preparing for a future catastrophic event.

And why are government agencies around the world preparing for asteroid strikes? 

Well, it could be due to the "God of Chaos" asteroid, which is slated to skim past the Earth in 2029, could be what ends life as we know it.