There is a one-in-7,000 chance an asteroid whose diameter is larger than the width of a football field could strike Earth in September.
According to Fox News, the object is 164 feet in wide. More than likely, the asteroid will sail past the Earth at a distance of 4.2 million miles. But if a collision does happen, scientists believe it will occur Sept. 9.
The prediction came from the European Space Agency, which has asteroid 2006QV89 on its top 10 list of objects that are at risk of slamming into the Earth.
In the future, it has been hypothesized nuclear weapons could potentially be used to prevent an asteroid strike on the globe.
A 10-ton meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere over Russia in 2013 and exploded into smaller pieces, causing havoc in the Ural Mountains region of the country. More than 1,000 people were injured.
In recent years, officials worldwide have started drawing up plans — and putting them to use — to keep the Earth safe from Near Earth Objects (NEOs).