Posted: Oct 8, 2009 3:31 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Oct 8, 2009 3:31 PM
Earth can breathe a sigh of relief.
NASA has lowered the odds of an 885-foot asteroid striking the planet in 2036.
Scientists originally said there was a 1-in-45,000 chance that the asteroid (Apophis) could hit the planet on April 13, 2036. But after further analysis using some new images, they have now downgraded that threat to a 1-in-250,000 chance.
A NASA astronomer says, "It wasn't anything to worry about before. Now it's even less so."