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AN asteroid will come crashing into our planet and it is a matter of when, not if, experts have warned, saying there is “100 percent” chance one will hit.

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Space rocks are one of humanity’s major existential threats, and while the likes of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are constantly monitoring the skies for near-Earth objects (NEO) the danger will always remain. NASA has said that it has discovered, and was monitoring, 8,000 near-Earth asteroids which are at least 140 metres wide – which would be big enough to wipe out a small country. But the space agency believes there may be 25,000 of these within Earth’s ‘district’.

This means that more than two-thirds are yet to be found, and experts believe it is only a matter of time before an asteroid comes crashing into Earth.

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Greg Leonard, a senior research specialist at the Catalina Sky Survey – a NASA funded project supported by the Near Earth Object Observation Program (NEOO) under the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) – says there is a “100 percent” chance an asteroid will hit Earth.

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