NASA updates prediction about that huge asteroid aimed at Earth

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Jan 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

With a huge asteroid heading toward Earth, for a while there it looked like April 13, 2036, might have been the date of the apocalypse. But scientists now say they got it wrong the first time—and the world should keep spinning a while longer.

Scientists had originally thought the 1,060-foot-wide asteroid Apophis could be on a collision course with our planet when it makes a 2036 pass, but after taking a closer look this week, they were able to recalculate the path and determined that we lowly humans should be spared from a fiery destruction.

The astronomers had originally thought the asteroid had a 2.7 percent chance of hitting the Earth (low odds, but too high for comfort). Now those odds are a much safer 1 out of 250,000. It's a good thing, because one of the best plans we had to deflect it seemed far-fetched at best.

NASA's Near Earth Object Program manager Donald Yeomans had this to say about the news:

"Certainly 2036 is ruled out. It's why we track them so we can be assured that they won't get dangerously close."
If this story sounds familiar, its because we just recently heard about another asteroid that'll miss Earth, which was scheduled to kill us all around 2040. It was a little smaller, but could've still done a boatload of damage. So, good news all around.

(Via Yahoo!)

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