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Monday, April 18, 2005

Asteroid Thought Harmless Might Strike Earth After All

Not to scare anybody, but Asteroid 2004 MN4 may hit us after all. Scheduled to make a close flyby of Earth on April 13, 2029, some astronomers initially feared that it could come close enough to impact. Now, astronomers will need to examine its flight path when it makes that approach to determine whether it could strike Earth later on, notably during another flyby between 2035 and 2037.

If the asteroid were to strike Earth, the impact would be the equivalent of detonating 1 gigaton of TNT. Or, as Slashdot puts it, "while that won't cause a massive extinction event, it causes widespread devastation." In other words, we'd survive.. but barely.

Source: Slashdot