Are you ready to get mildly excited about essentially nothing, Bros?
No one — perhaps on this entire planet — is more excited than me about the prospect of a gigantic asteroid smashing into the planet and causing chaos and mass extinction and panic and dread the likes of which no one has ever before seen.
I mean, that sounds fun to me. Does it not sound fun to you? No more cell phones or work emails. No more social decorum. No more soap. Just everyone scrapping to survive. Who cares if you live or you die, since everyone you know and love will already be dead.
It really would be a lot of fun.
Sadly, though, it appears that asteroid 2012 TC4 will not be the asteroid that destroys humanity. It is both too small and too unlikely to hit Earth. From Phys.org:
On Oct. 12, 2017, the asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to whizz by Earth dangerously close. The exact distance of its closest approach is uncertain, as well as its size… astronomers estimate that its size could vary from 12 to 40 meters. The meteor that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013, injuring 1,500 people and damaging over 7,000 buildings, was about 20 meters wide. Thus, the impact of 2012 TC4 could be even more devastating.
Ugh, that gets my dick hard, but not that hard. This is just a tease. A lingerie of an asteroid if I may, and not the real full good sex deal. In fact, it might not even hit us.
There is one in a million chance that it could hit us,” Detlef Koschny, head of the Near-Earth Object (NEO) Segment in the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme office at ESA, told astrowatch.net. He also tried to estimate the exact size of the celestial body. “The size was estimated from the brightness, but we don’t know the reflectivity. So it could be smaller or larger, assume from 10 m to 40 m. A 40 m iron object would go through the atmosphere and make a crater; a 10 m rocky object would be hardly noticed.”
GOD DAMMIT THIS IS SUCH BULLSHIT I JUST WANT THE PLANET TO END.
There is still hope out there.
As of Apr. 12, 2015, there are 1572 potentially hazardous asteroids (PHA) detected. . None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time.
Cross your fingers, Bros. The end may soon be nigh.