NASA Downgrades Threat Of Large Asteroid

Earth can breathe a sigh of relief.

NASA has lowered the odds of an 885-foot asteroid striking the planet in 2036.

Scientists originally said there was a 1-in-45,000 chance that the asteroid, Apophis, could hit the planet on April 13, 2036. But after further analysis using some new images, they have now downgraded that threat to a 1-in-250,000 chance.

A NASA astronomer says, "It wasn't anything to worry about before. Now it's even less so."

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  • by Anonymous Location: washington on Oct 8, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    No need to worry if you listen to the History Channel and other channels they say that according to the Inca and Myan calendars that the world is going to end on 12-21-2012. Well there goes my retirement plans
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Oct 8, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    was this after they asked for another $3 billion in stimulus money?
  • by joe on Oct 8, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    Just a matter of time until one does.
  • by Dave on Oct 7, 2009 at 09:52 PM
    This story really STRUCK me.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 7, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    Good info to worry less about.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Oct 7, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    Well Dan, go smoke some herb and it'll all go away.
  • by Armageddon!!! on Oct 7, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    Woohoo it's the movie Armageddon turning into real life. Except the one on armageddon was about 80 miles big instaed of 885 ft. and there's only a 1/225000 chance of it hitting us... and by 2036 I would have done lived my who cares! I worry more about what's happening now.
  • by Daniel Location: Greenville on Oct 7, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    I think it is hilarious that people care so much about a dead deer, a kid on tv with swine flu, or a 20 year old drinking. But no one cares about the possible end of the world! Way to go NC!!!

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