NASA Downgrades Threat of Large Asteroid

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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.

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