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There is a one in one thousand chance this asteroid will kill (your descendants) and everyone (they) love within the next 200 years

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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)

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