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Impact Risk Hiked for 400-Meter-Wide Asteroid – NASA

Posted By admin On October 24, 2013 @ 11:18 am In World News | Comments Disabled

RIA Novosti [1]
October 24, 2013

NASA has upgraded the impact risk for a massive asteroid recently discovered by Ukrainian observers that will pass close to the Earth in 2032, although a collision remains unlikely.

According to an update on NASA’s Near Earth Object Program site, the impact risk is now 1 in 9,090; up from 1 in 63,000 at the time the asteroid, identified as 2013 TV135, was discovered.

However, the updated figures still mean that the chance of the asteroid completing a safe flyby is 99.989 percent, slightly down from 99.992 percent in the original estimate.

The 400-meter-wide asteroid, discovered by an observatory in Ukraine’s Crimea earlier this month, is one of two asteroids to currently rank above zero on the 10-degree Torino Scale, which estimates asteroid impact hazards.

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[1] RIA Novosti: http://en.ria.ru/science/20131024/184333044/Impact-Risk-Hiked-for-400-Meter-Wide-Asteroid--NASA.html

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[4] Russian meteor explosion not caused by asteroid flyby, NASA scientist says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russian-meteor-explosion-not-caused-by-asteroid-flyby-nasa-scientist-says.html

[5] NASA May Slam Captured Asteroid Into Moon (Eventually): http://www.prisonplanet.com/nasa-may-slam-captured-asteroid-into-moon-eventually.html

[6] Armageddon 2040: Nasa identifies new asteroid threat which ‘could hit Earth’ in 30 years’ time – and UN teams are working out how to divert it: http://www.prisonplanet.com/armageddon-2040-nasa-identifies-new-asteroid-threat-which-could-hit-earth-in-30-years-time-and-un-teams-are-working-out-how-to-divert-it.html

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