NASA snap incredible image of 87 million ton 'Apocalypse Asteroid'

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NASA has warned that the gigantic 'apocalypse asteroid' it captured in a stunning photograph could release 80,000 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb if it collides with Earth - potentially ending life as we know it.

Named Bennu, the 500 foot rock is taller than the Empire State building and estimated to be 1,664 times heavier than the Titanic.

The probe will be landing on Bennu's surface (shown) in 2020 to hopefully help uncover some of the secrets behind our existence on Earth 





The probe will be landing on Bennu's surface (shown) in 2020 to hopefully help uncover some of the secrets behind our existence on Earth

And scientists say a collision with Earth could potentially have a cataclysmic effect on millions of lives.

But the space agency insists immediate doomsday preparations won't be necessary, as the rock is not expected to fly close the planet until next century.

NASA's probe OSIRIS-Rex is currently orbiting the asteroid on an observatory mission, with plans to land on its surface in 2020.

The probe captured a stunning image this week, showing the Earth and the Moon resembling a mere dot in the distance to the 87 million ton asteroid.

OSIRIS-Rex will collect samples of the rock before returning to Earth, hopefully helping to unlock some of the secrets behind the origins of human existence.

Scientists hope the asteroid will help to prove a theory that billions of years ago asteroids colliding with our planet transferred vital chemicals to the Earth's surface, prompting living organisms to formulate.





 The stunning image captured by OSIRIS-Rex shows Earth and the moon (bottom left) in the distance, with Bennu (right) seemingly hurtling towards them

The stunning image captured by OSIRIS-Rex shows Earth and the moon (bottom left) in the distance, with Bennu (right) seemingly hurtling towards them

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