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The ‘faintest asteroid ever detected’ won’t hit Earth

An asteroid discovered in August 2021 seemed on a collision course with Earth, but an extensive observation campaign that involved one of the world’s most powerful telescopes eventually ruled out the space rock as a risk. 

The asteroid, dubbed 2021 QM1, gave astronomers quite a headache. According to the European Space Agency (ESA), it was at one point “the riskiest asteroid known to humankind,” as it appeared bound to slam into our planet in April 2052 even after multiple observations and recalculations of its orbit. 

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