An illustration of an asteroid streaking toward Earth. The asteroid that hit Earth about 66 million years ago triggered a tsunami with mile-high waves.

The ‘planet-killer’ asteroid that evaded detection for years by hiding behind the sun could crash into Earth, scientists predict

A “planet killer” asteroid lurking in the sun’s glare has finally been detected, and the giant space rock could one day crash into Earth.

The ‘potentially dangerous’ 0.9-mile-wide (1.5 kilometer) asteroid, named 2022 AP7, is one of many large space rocks that astronomers have recently discovered near the orbits of Earth and Venus.

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