Will lost 54-million-ton asteroid hit Earth in 2024? Nasa responds

The enormous space rock was originally observed by scientists in 2007. But later on, scientists lost sight of it and labeled it a "lost asteroid."

NASA has eliminated the chance of a 54-million-ton asteroid colliding with Earth, nearly two decades after astronomers lost sight of it. According to a research published in November 2023, the "lost asteroid," also known as 2007 FT3, might strike Earth in 2024. The US space agency, however, has denied such allegations.

When does 2007 FT3 come into Earth in 2024?

In reaction to a story by GB News stating that there is a 1 in 11.5 million possibility that 2007 FT3 may strike Earth on October 5, 2024, NASA released a statement. Hence its name, the enormous space rock was discovered by scientists in 2007. But later on, scientists lost sight of it and labeled it a "lost asteroid."

"As of today, there is no known threat posed by asteroids to Earth in the next century. In order to locate, monitor, and classify asteroids and near-Earth objects (NEOs), particularly those that approach Earth, NASA and its partners carefully scan the sky, according to the space agency.

It's crucial to remember that asteroid encounters that are 30 million miles or less from Earth's orbit are classified as near approaches by planetary scientists. NASA noted that asteroid orbits around the sun are often well-known and recognized for years or even decades. This is because bigger asteroid bodies are simpler for our planetary defense scientists to locate.

Asteroid dubbed "God of Chaos"

NASA launched a mission to intercept Apophis, also referred to as the "God of Chaos," in December of last year. In 2019, the enormous asteroid, about three times the size of Mount Everest, will pass by Earth, only 20,000 miles from the orbit. In the Northern Hemisphere, Apophis should be seen with the unaided eye because to its close closeness.