Gigantic Halloween asteroid narrowly avoids collision with Earth

Gigantic Halloween asteroid narrowly avoids collision with EarthThe enormous asteroid could have wreaked havoc and destruction on a catastrophic scale as party-goers celebrated Halloween this evening.

The gigantic piece of rock was spotted just five days ago and boffins feared it could have been on a collision course with this planet – with the potential to flatten a city.

Dubbed the "Halloween asteroid" 2016 UR36 was believed to be up to 25 metres across – bigger than the devastating rock that injured nearly 2,000 people in Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.

Paul Chodas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said: "When a telescope first finds a moving object, all you know is it's just a dot moving on the sky.

"You have no information about how far away it is.

"The more telescopes you get pointed at an object, the more data you get and the more sure you are about how big it is and the way it is headed."

The asteroid was spotted by a telescope in Hawaii – and NASA's new "scout" system quickly plotted its potential flight paths.

The huge asteroid passed Earth at a distance of 310,000 miles in the early hours of this morning.

It comes after Daily Star Online exclusively revealed how an asteroid could "wipe out" London.

And last week, boffins predicted that a global earthquake would "destroy the Earth".
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