This Sunday, June 28, the Spanish network Antena 3 Noticias published a note titled “The European Space Agency warns of a gigantic asteroid that could hit Earth.” In addition, on his Twitter account, he promoted this note with the message “The European Space Agency warns of a gigantic asteroid that could hit Earth in a few hours ➡ It is the same size as one that destroyed 2,000 square kilometers of Siberian forest in 1908 “
However, all this is false. The European Space Agency (ESA) did not warn of a “gigantic” asteroid, nor did it say it could hit Earth “in a few hours.” ESA didn’t even make sure that asteroid is “close” to Earth. So, in addition, the comparison made by Antena 3 with the object that hit Siberia in 1908, although it has correct data, is completely decontextualized.
Number 3 in ESA’s #asteroidrisklist is the biggest in the top 7, coming in at an estimated 40 metres. The asteroid, named 2000 SG344, has a 1 in 1183 chance of impacting Earth, and travels in a very similar orbit.#SpaceCare pic.twitter.com/MeqFHpMh0U