Tabloids have always taken great freedom with the headlines, but some of the current coverage of the asteroid known as 2018 LF16 really brings things to a higher level. The almost-terrestrial rock has been the subject of numerous headlines that knew NASA's view that there are 62 potential "risk parameters" that could take it to earth with a collision between 2023 and 2117. However, looking at the hard data paints a much less worrisome picture.
The asteroid is quite large, with an estimated diameter of more than 200 meters, and if it did hit our planet, it would be a bad day for the planet. The good news is that there is almost no chance that something like this will happen.
The real frightening bait in the current asteroid cover is the 62 potential trajectories that NASA has set out that would set it on course to influence the Earth. I mean, 62 sounds like a whole lot if you have nothing to compare it to, but rest assured that the odds are absolutely not in favor of the asteroid.
NASA's models show that the real chances of the rock on Earth are 1 in 30,000,000. That's 30 million. In fact, the chances are so low that the people who follow asteroid threats 2018 LF16 have given a threat rating of 0/10. The "zero" rating is defined as "The chance of a collision is zero or is so low that it is actually zero." A rating of 5/10 is where astronomers consider an object as "threatening" and begin "8" as "certain collisions" with ratings.
Now that we have processed the opportunities, let's talk about the rock itself. 2018 LF16 is huge compared to most of the space rocks that appear in our forests, and although it would not necessarily be a "planet killer," it would definitely be a threat to everyone in the area. His strength would be equivalent to the most destructive nuclear weapons created by humanity.
Again, that is so unlikely that it is not even worthwhile to worry about, but knowing what cruise in our solar system is always interesting.