Asteroid 86666

NASA has confirmed that Asteroid 86666 (2000 FL10), a 1.5-mile wide (2.5km) space rock, is due to make its closest pass on October 10, tonight, but poses no threat. Fortunately, Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object office, said there would be no Earth impacts “anytime in the foreseeable future” and that all known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids have less than a “0.01% chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years.” Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

“Despite these reassurances, the program’s official Twitter handle addressed the speculation surrounding Asteroid 86666 by saying: ‘In response to Qs, asteroid 86666 will safely pass Earth Oct 10 by over 15 million mi/25 million km. It poses zero threat.’ By comparison, 15 million miles is around half the distance between Earth and Mars. The moon is 238,855 miles (384,400km) away,” according to Mail Online.