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NASA says Asteroid Bennu may hit Earth in 58,845 days

An asteroid the size of the Empire State Building has a slight chance of hitting Earth on September 24, 2182, according to NASA scientists.

NASA said Bennu, a space rock of the size of the Empire State Building will have a close brush with Earth in 58,845 days from now.

“I’m not any more concerned about Bennu than I was before,” Davide Farnocchia of NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (Cneos) told reporters on a call Wednesday. “The impact probability remains small.”

Farnocchia, Chesley and several other colleagues authored a study on Bennu’s future travels that’s published in the latest edition of the journal Icarus.

“We shouldn’t be worried about it very much,” Farnocchia reiterates. “We have time to keep tracking the asteroid.”

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