September 2, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA says the chances of an 885-foot asteroid
striking Earth in 2036 has been downgraded.
Scientists initially believed there was a 1-in-45,000 chance that Apophis could hit the planet on April 13, 2036. After recalcuating the asteriod's path, NASA said Wednesday the threat has been dropped to 1-in-250,000.
Earth got a scare in 2004, when initial readings suggested the newly discovered Apophis seemed to have a chance of hitting in 2029. But further observations ruled out any possibility of an impact. Apophis is scheduled to make a close but harmless approach in 2029.