That asteroid NASA said might kill us in 2040? Here's an update

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Jun 25, 2015

The Mayan apocalypse didn't happen last week, and we're all back to living our lives, but it turns out there's another opportunity for world-ending calamity on the horizon. There's an asteroid out there that could slam into our planet in 2040. But will it? NASA's got the answer.

The asteroid known as "2011 AG" was first discovered in January 2011, and early calculations suggested that it could be on a collision course with Earth. At the time, the 460-foot-wide object was called one of the Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) most likely to collide with our planet. You can imagine what kind of damage a space rock like that would do, so there were even discussions on how we might deflect 2011 AG, Armageddon-style. But will it really hit us?

Well, good news for all of you who are hoping to keep existing on this planet: NASA says no. After further analysis of 2011 AG's trajectory, NASA's Near-Earth Object Program announced on Friday that "the risk of collision in 2040 has been eliminated" because "the Earth's position in February 2040 no longer falls within the range of possible future paths."

So, there you have it. The asteroid will still pass fairly close to our planet, but not close enough to end our existence. Bad news for all you conspiracy theorists, unless of course you're the kind of conspiracy theorist who believes the government is lying about 2011 AG's lack of threat in order to wipe out most of humankind. In which case, good news for conspiracy theorists.

(Via Huffington Post)

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