And They Would've Gotten Away With It If Not For That Meddling German Kid
April 16, 2008 12:55 AM Subscribe
Enough bad news, enough gloom and doom. You remember that Asteroid 99942 Apophis
that we were afraid might hit Earth in 2029? Ain't gonna happen. But it will get close enough for Earth's gravity to alter its orbit and there's a chance it could hit the next time around in 2036.
But only a tiny chance: "less than 1 in 45,000 using standard dynamical models
". according to NASA. Oh wait... NASA just got skooled
by a 13-year-old German Astronomy Geek who says the chances are more like 1 in 450
. Still a tiny chance, and the official numbers were only off by a factor of 100
. Oh yeah, we're doomed.
posted by wendell (60 comments total)
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