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Old 11-28-2007, 03:53 PM   #1
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Still a Chance Asteroid May Hit Earth in 2036

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,313561,00.html

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Using limited observations and lots of high-end computer modeling, astronomers have gotten a better handle on the limitations of asteroid-track forecasting in a new study of a potentially threatening asteroid called 99942 Apophis.

In this high-stakes game of Whack-a-Cosmic-Mole, just knowing exactly what it is you don't know can be useful
Apophis' chance of hitting our planet in its first pass in 2029 is now slim to none, but astronomers will have to wait four to six years before they can predict what it might do during a second pass in 2036
The rock is between 690 and 1080 feet (210 and 330 meters) wide. That's much smaller than the 6-mile-wide rock that likely wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, but it's enough to take out a large city or create a tsunami.
This sounds like a scene out of Armageddon. Someone call Bruce Wllis, oh wait he didn't make it back, we're screwed.
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