There is a one in one thousand chance this asteroid will kill (your descendants) and everyone (they) love within the next 200 years
Its name may be sexy as all hell, but (101955) 1999 RQ36 isn’t about to show earthlings any love. No sir. The asteroid, measuring 510 meters across, is on a sort-of collision course with Earth, according to a recent report published in Icarus.
“The total impact probability of asteroid ‘(101955) 1999 RQ36’ can be estimated in 0.00092 — approximately one-in-a-thousand chance — but what is most surprising is that over half of this chance (0.00054) corresponds to 2182,” explains María Eugenia Sansaturio, of Spain’s Universidad de Valladolid (UVA) and co-author of the international NEO study.
Alright, one in a thousand isn’t that high a chance. But that shouldn’t scare us. No way. What should terrify all of us is that Hollywood may find this story and then turn it into some crappy asteroid-Earth disaster movie with an awful pop-ballad, teary-eyed former awesome action movie stars and also Ben Affleck.
Please lord no.
(“Potentially hazardous asteroid might collide with the Earth in 2182” via Physorg.com)