Geologist Randall Carlson warned of the frightening consequences of an asteroid strike on Earth when Asteroid Day was held on the 111th anniversary of the Tunguska event – which destroyed Siberia's forests in 1908. Carlson was asked by RT host Rick Sanchez: "What is the possibility of being hit by an asteroid at any given time? Chillingly replied to his guest: "Now the odds are higher than most people think.
The formidable asteroid, called Asteroid 2019 LB, shot past the ground on June 12.
Asteroid trackers at California Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL warned the asteroid to fly past a so-called Earth-Close Approach lane.
The news came a month after astronomers first observed the rock in the room on May 7th.
Asteroid LB is an Apollo-type space rock zipping around the solar system's inner circles.
JPL estimates LB measurements somewhere in the range of 82 to 1
According to NASA, an NEO is an "asteroid or the comet with perihelion distance less than or equal to 1.3 astronomical units."
An astronomical unit converts to approx. 93 million miles (149.6 million km), which is the distance between Earth and the Sun.
What this means is asteroids like the LB circuit sun from a maximum distance of about 120.8 million miles (194.5 million km).
And at times, these impressive gems will cross paths with the Earth's own circuit.
NASA said: "As they orbit the sun, near the Earth objects may occasionally approach Earth.
" Note that a "close" passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of thousands of kilometers.