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This is a giant asteroid that could hit the Earth in 2023, according to NASA

There are a total of 62 trajectories of the predicted 2018 LF16, when the rock could hit the Earth by 2117. (Photo by Prensa Libre: Shutterstock)
There are a total of 62 trajectories of the predicted 2018 LF16, when the rock could hit the Earth by 2117. (Photo by Prensa Libre: Shutterstock)

In 2023, the asteroid of about 700 meters could affect the Earth, according to NASA members quoted by the British news website Express.

The date of the potentially closest impact in which the space rock, called the Asteroid 2018 LF16, can affect the planet, is August 8, 2023, according to the information of the medium.

However, the asteroid can be crossed again by orbit on Earth on August 3, 2024; and on August 1, 2025. In total, there are 62 dates on which the rock cluster could hit the Earth.

As reported by Express, the risk of this cataclysm is very low. According to NASA's calculations, there is a possibility between 30 million that LF16; fall on Earth and have a chance of failure of 99.9999967%.

In the degree of risk from the Turin influence, this asteroid is "zero", which means that the probability of impact is non-existent or as close as possible to the non-existence. But the size and number of possible impact dates make it an incredibly huge tracking facility.

Most asteroids decay in contact with the Earth's atmosphere.

At that time, the asteroid passes through space at more than 33,844 miles per hour. NASA experts estimate that the asteroid has a diameter of about 213 meters.

According to the news portal, the dimensions of the asteroid are nearly double the height of Big Ben in London and double the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

NASA said the impact of an object as high as it could be as disappointing as the 50-megaton bomb blast, the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated on the surface of the planet.

Fortunately, according to the European Space Agency (ASA), asteroids of this size tend to hit Earth less than once every thousand years. It will also require a much larger asteroid (more than six miles wide) to witness an extinction event similar to that of an asteroid that allegedly killed dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

An ESA spokesman explained to say that some asteroids are very large and could cause vast destruction if the Earth hit it, but its estimated population in our solar system is quite small. In fact, it is believed that more than 90 percent of them are discovered and none of them poses any risk of impact.

"Some of them are very small (less than 10 meters in diameter) and only a small percentage of the estimated population has been discovered, but any impact would be harmless," said ESA member, quoted by "Mirror". "The main challenge comes from the middle-class population, whose diameters range from tens to hundreds of meters."

Many of these asteroids exist in the universe vacuum and the damage to the impact of one of these space rocks can cause significant damage in cities or settlements.

With information from: ACN / MiamiDiario / Telemundo

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