Asteroid will miss Earth in 2019
The Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. -- Astronomers said they have determined that a newly discovered, 
1.2-mile-wide asteroid will miss the Earth in 2019.

Last week, preliminary calculations of the orbital path traveled by asteroid 2002 NT7 
suggested the space rock had about a 1-in-250,000 chance of plowing into the Earth on 
Feb. 1, 2019. Such an impact would cause devastation on a continental scale.

Follow-up observations during the weekend showed the asteroid and the Earth won't meet 
-- at least for now, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Astronomers initially calculated at least seven potential impact dates beginning in 
2019. Only one -- Feb. 1, 2060 -- has yet to be ruled out, but astronomers expect to 
dismiss that threat as well after more observations of the asteroid are made. 
Copyright © 2002, The Associated Press 


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