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Catastrophic collision! A dangerous asteroid has been discovered.

On Monday, an international team of astronomers announced the discovery of a large asteroid whose orbit crosses that of Earth,

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raising the possibility of a catastrophic collision far in the future.

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The 1.5-kilometer- (0.9-mile-) wide asteroid, named 2022 AP7, was discovered in an area notorious for being difficult to spot objects due to Sun glare.

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It was discovered alongside two other near-Earth asteroids by a high-tech instrument on Chile's Victor M. Blanco telescope,

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which was originally designed to study dark matter.

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The potential threat stems from the fact that, like any other orbiting object, its trajectory will be gradually altered by a variety of gravitational forces,

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