Aug 18, 2021

NASA forecasts an Empire State-sized asteroid could hit Earth

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

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Scientists at NASA have adjusted their forecast of an Empire State Building-sized asteroid it predicts could potentially smash into the planet.

The chances of the large rock hitting the Earth have increased. In a press conference Wednesday, NASA said there was a 1-in-1,750 chance the asteroid, Bennu, could smash into the Earth between now and 2300. It’s a higher chance than previously predicted at 1 in 2,700 chances.

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“It’s not a significant change,” lead research author Davide Farnocchia, a scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, according to the New York Times. “I’m not any more concerned about Bennu than I was before. The impact probability remains really small.”

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