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Don't Panic. Giant Asteroid Is Not A Danger To Earth Says NASA

10/12/2014 09:49 GMT | Updated 10/12/2014 09:59 GMT

A recently discovered mountain-sized asteroid which crosses paths with Earth is not an immediate threat, says NASA.

This statement comes after recent claims by Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, that the asteroid -- discovered by his team -- could hit the Earth.

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NASA used its advanced Sentry system at NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to work out that asteroid 2014 UR116 will not pose a threat to any planet (including Earth) for at least 150 years.

Asteroid 2014 UR116 crosses Earth's orbital path around once every three years however even at its closest point NASA points out that the asteroid would still be 29x the distance that the Moon is from the Earth.

Professor Lipunov's discovery is just one of around 10,000 near Earth objects that NASA is currently aware of and tracking.