The asteroid is between 69 feet and 154 feet in diameter. Another asteroid of that size hit Siberia in 1908. That hit leveled more than 800 square miles of forest.
As Press TV reports,
“It’s not something to worry about, but something to be aware of,” McNaught said on Tuesday. “No object of that size, or larger, has been observed to come closer to the Earth. If discovered in advance and with enough lead time, there is the possibility of pushing it off course, if you have decades of advance warning,” he added. “If you have only a few days, you can evacuate the area of impact, but there’s not a great deal you can do.”
The closest point to the space ball’s close call was near Tahiti. It is thought that 2009 DD45 is now in a solar orbit that intersects the Earth’s orbit.
The asteroid was only spotted by astronomers at the NASA-funded Siding Spring Observatory this past Saturday.
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Definitely, a direct hit on Earth could be a devastating natural disaster, but keeping track of asteroids can make a hit “potentially preventable”, McNaught stated.