The odds of an asteroid 2 miles widing hitting the earth in 2036 have been revised from 45,000:1 to 450:1… by a 13 year old schoolboy who found errors in NASA’s calculations.
NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency (ESA), that the young whizzkid had got it right. The schoolboy took into consideration the risk of Apophis running into one or more of the 40,000 satellites orbiting Earth during its path close to the planet on April 13 2029.
If there were a direct hit in, say, the Atlantic Ocean, the resultin Tsunami would destroy “both coastlines and inland areas, whilst creating a thick cloud of dust that would darken the skies indefinitely.”
Clearly this is not a risk if we all get swept into a black hole next month when the Center for Nuclear Research turns on the $8bn Large Hadron Collider.