Don't Freak Out, But A Huge Asteroid Might Be Heading Straight For Us

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016  —  By Corinne Sanders

Imagine the most terrifying sight you could ever see, and then compare that to watching a giant asteroid hurtling toward you.

Whatever you were picturing seems much less scary in comparison, right? Unfortunately, that visual may become a reality very soon. Experts are saying that an asteroid is heading straight past Earth at disturbingly close range.

As if we didn't have enough to worry about.

The gigantic asteroid, called 2009ES, was first discovered by scientists in China.

The gigantic asteroid, called 2009ES, was first discovered by scientists in China.

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Using the largest telescope in Asia, experts at the Purple Mountain Laboratory found the asteroid and determined that it'd get alarmingly close to our planet on its path.

Using the largest telescope in Asia, experts at the Purple Mountain Laboratory  found the asteroid and determined that it'd get alarmingly close to our planet on its path.

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How close will it come, you ask? Well, only 18.8 times the distance between Earth and the moon, which is near enough to justify freaking out.

How close will it come, you ask?  Well, only 18.8 times the distance between Earth and the moon, which is near enough to justify freaking out.

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Not only will it be way too close for comfort, but it has the power of three billion atomic bombs.

Not only will it be way too close for comfort, but it has the power of <strong>three billion atomic bombs</strong>.

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It is believed that an asteroid close to that size was responsible for completely wiping out all of the dinosaurs.

It is believed that an asteroid close to that size was responsible for completely wiping out all of the dinosaurs.

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Scientists are watching for any changes in 2009ES's flight path. If it gets any closer to our planet, it could end us.

Scientists are watching for any changes in 2009ES's flight path. If it gets any closer to our planet, it could end us.

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(via AOL)

Well, that fantastic news definitely puts things into perspective. Although we'll probably be fine, you should probably just live it up until then. You never know what might happen.

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