As 2012 LZ1 passed, observers were able to obtain more data. Surprisingly there was quite the good news, bad news, scenario.
Bad news? Well, 2012 LZ1 was measured to be more than double in size from what was originally thought. Now estimated to be approximately 0.6 miles wide (that's about 995 meters). Were it to impact Earth, the devastation would be global.
Good news? With the new information, scientists recalculated the orbital nature of 2012 LZ1 to find there was no chance of this object hitting the Earth for another 750 years!
So with yet another global calamity postponed, we are all feeling pretty good about this home we call Earth. right? Do not forget: 2012 LZ1 was a near miss and we were only aware of it days prior to perihelion. There are thousands and thousands of these planet killer objects out there that we have no inkling of information about. Truly, Life here on our earth is special, delicate, and fragile.
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