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.
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