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An asteroid predicted to have a small chance of one day colliding with Earth will miss us this time around when it makes a close approach on September 9, the European Space Agency says.
ESA has ruled out an impact this year from an asteroid called 2006 QV89, and found that any future impacts are extremely unlikely.
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And, for the first time, the scientists made this determination not by assessing where the asteroid is, but by where it isn’t.
According to ESA, asteroid 2006 QV89 has not been seen since it was first discovered back in August 2006.
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While that might sound unsettling, the space agency has ruled out a September 9 impact by way of ‘non-detection,’ after looking where it would be if it were on the collision course and (thankfully) spotting no sign of it.
Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile, scientists have pinpointed the precise area of the sky asteroid 2006 QV89 would be if it were going to collide with Earth.
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