The doom-mongers have already been proved wrong once this week, when a date for the end of the world passed without incident on Wednesday.

Now the world has been given a second reprieve.

Nasa has confirmed that a giant asteroid passed safely by Earth on Saturday – considered a near-miss at a distance of 15 million miles away.

At 1.5 miles wide, a collision with asteroid 86666 (2000 FL 10) would be catastrophic.

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