This article was originally published in June 2019. It was the first in an ongoing series by our very own Property Chronicle NASA astrophysicist, to make sure we don’t take real estate, economics and investing too seriously and to keep our daily lives in perspective.
An asteroid for which there is some possibility of a collision with Earth at a future date and which is above a certain size is classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA). Specifically, all asteroids that come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU or about 8 million km, and diameters of at least 100m (330ft to 490ft) are considered PHAs. By January 2016, astronomers had discovered about 1,651 PHAs that presented a possible hazard to Earth including impacts. About 153 of these are believed to be larger than one