Astronomers in Ukraine say a deadly asteroid is likely to collide with the Earth in 2032.
According to a Russian news service, researchers at an observatory in the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory think the space rock - said to be 1,345 feet wide - is on course to hit our planet on August 26, 19 years from now.
Or maybe not. Because the researchers also admit that the asteroid, named 2013 TV135, only has a one in 63,000 chance of actually hitting us.
"On the night of October 12, I was watching the Giraffe constellation, it was an in-depth monitoring as part of the comet search program," Gennady Borisov from the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory told Itar-Tass news agency. "This is when the asteroid... was discovered. The first observations show that it moves quickly and is relatively close."
News site RT said that the discovery was currently being confirmed by British and Spanish researchers, and quoted Russian vice premier Dmitry Rogozin as saying:
"A 400-meter asteroid is threatening to blow up the Earth... Here is a super target for the national cosmonautics."
Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada
Meteor falling from the sky in Edmonton, Canada. Filmed about 5:30pm Thursday November 20th 2008.
Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada
Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada. Filmed about 5:30pm Thursday November 20th 2008
Meteor Over Alberta, Canada The Great Daylight 1972 Fireball
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Meteor over Netherlands, pictures from Groningen, October 13, 2009. Photographer Robert Mikaelyan
Meteoor over Nederland, foto's uit groningen, 13 oktober 2009. Fotograaf Robert Mikaelyan Meteor over Netherlands, pictures from Groningen, October 13, 2009. Photographer Robert Mikaelyan
Meteor lights up night sky above Utah - Nov 2009
A large ball of fire streaking across the night time skies just after midnight had many Utahn's wondering what they saw early Wednesday morning. Dozens of calls came with people wondering if they saw a shooting star, others wondered if it was the end of the world, military testing, or even a UFO. People from Mona to Spanish Fork from Ogden to Bountiful all calling in a very similar sighting More... To many, it looked like a large fall of fire, lightning up the sky, some say like daylight, others reported a blue like light that lasted for about 30 seconds. And many reported hearing a boom about 5 minutes later. Utah's NASA and Solar System Ambassador Patrick Wiggins said that it was a meteor also known as a bolide. From his observatory near Stansbury Park he says the break up of the meteor occured at about 240 to 250 degrees azimuth which puts it just north of southwest. He also heard the sound of an explosion that would put the breakup of the bolide about 100 km in that direction placing it high above Granite Peak in the west desert.
Perseid Meteor Shower - Friday the 13th
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April 2010 Meteor Fireball over Northern Iowa
Howard County, Iowa Deputy Tim Beckman captures this video of a fireball streaking over the Iowa sky on Wednesday, April 15th, 2010
Luckily, now the US government shutdown is over, Nasa is back on the case to allay our fears. Or at least place them in contest.
In a lengthy rebuttal, Nasa's Jet Propulsion Lab said that the asteroid will indeed come close to Earth - but probably won't hit us.
"The current probability of no impact in 2032 [is] about 99.998 percent," said Don Yeomans, manager of Nasa's Near-Earth Object Program Office.
"This is a relatively new discovery. With more observations, I fully expect we will be able to significantly reduce, or rule out entirely, any impact probability for the foreseeable future."
It added that further study would likely reveal that the asteroid poses no actual danger to Earth in the next few decades at least.
Meanwhile it looks increasingly likely that a half-ton rock found in a lake near to the Russian town of Chelyabinsk, which was struck by an asteroid earlier this year (causing 1,000 injuries), came from space.
Here are the latest pictures from the recovery of the rock.