According to NASA, object 2016 WF9's body resembles a comet in its reflectivity and orbit, but appears to lack the characteristic dust and gas cloud that defines a comet. NASA said over the course of 4.9 Earth-years, 2016 WF9 has travelled inward, passing under the main asteroid belt and the orbit of Mars until it will swing just inside Earth's own orbit.
This NASA announcement calmed many nerves. The most recent object from space to have hit Earth happened in Russia on February 15, 2013, known as the Chelyabinsk Event. The object, which was later identified as an asteroid, is said to have an initial mass of about 12,000–13,000 metric tonnes, and measures around 20 metres in diameter. To contextualize it, the object was heavier than the Eiffel Tower. All though no death was reported, it caused many injuries to people in the area. Almost 1,500 people sustained various degrees of injuries and over 7, 200 properties, including domestic and commercial buildings were also destroyed.
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