Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Asteroid Might Collide With Earth in 2182

The potentially hazardous asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 has a one-in-a-thousand chance of impacting the Earth, and more than half of this probability indicates that this could happen in the year 2182, based on a global study in which Spanish researchers have been involved. Knowing this fact may help design in advance mechanisms aimed at deviating the asteroid's path.

"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 MarĂ­a Eugenia Sansaturio, co-author of the study and researcher of Universidad de Valladolid (UVA).

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