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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Armageddon Unlikely




WASHINGTON -- The universe may be a safer place for planet Earth than astronomers had thought. A new survey has found that there are far fewer dangerous asteroids hurtling through space that could hit Earth and cause widespread devastation.


Previously, astronomers had estimated that there were between 1,000 and 2,000 asteroids at least a kilometer in diameter that could potentially slam into our planet. That meant there was a 1 percent chance of a catastrophic collision with Earth in the next million years.


Based on the findings, researchers from Yale University and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California calculated that the total number of potentially devastating asteroids is about half the earlier estimates - about 700.