Asteroid the size of Hollywood Sign could slam into Earth in 65 years, ESA warns

An asteroid the size of The Hollywood Sign could slam into our planet in just 65 years, the European Space Agency (ESA) has warned.

The asteroid, dubbed 2019 SU3, has been added to ESA’s Risk List , and is ranked as the fourth most dangerous asteroid threatening to hit Earth.

Experts predict that the space rock measures around 14 metres in diameter, making it the same size as the iconic Hollywood Sign.

According to the Risk List, 2019 SU3 is most likely to crash into Earth on September 16, 2084, during which there will be a one in 152 chance of a collision.

However, the asteroid will make its next close approach to Earth on 6 July 2038, when it will be around six million miles from our planet.

2019 SU3 is an ‘Apollo asteroid’ – part of a group of asteroids discovered in the 1930s.

While this all sounds rather scary, NASA reassures the it’s very unlikely an asteroid will crash into Earth any time soon.


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