A large asteroid is approaching Earth's orbit, but scientists aren't concerned. P Carril/ESA/PA MediaA large asteroid is approaching Earth's orbit, but scientists aren't concerned.
2022 AP7 is a 1.1-2.3 kilometre rock found between Earth and Venus.
Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington stated it was the greatest planet-killing asteroid in eight years.
Chile's 4-meter Blanco telescope discovered it.
2022 AP7 is one of three "very massive" space rocks that might be harmful and may be among the largest ever detected.
Any asteroid exceeding 1km in size is considered a planet killer, since it would force dust and toxins into the atmosphere.
Sheppard said they might cover the sun for a long period, producing a "major extinction catastrophe" not witnessed on Earth in millions of years.
The prospect of an asteroid speeding towards Earth may remind people of "Don't Look Up," but scientists aren't screaming the alarm.