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No Need to Worry About This Asteroid Just Yet

April 05, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A mountain-sized chunk of space rock is the only known large asteroid threatening to hit the Earth, and experts say the potential impact is more than eight centuries away, with long odds it will ever happen.

A new look at an asteroid named 1950 DA shows that it is the most likely of all of the known large asteroids to smash into Earth, researchers said in the journal Science.

The study predicts the asteroid's path as it orbits the sun over many centuries and finds there is a 1 in 300 chance it will hit Earth in 2880.

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