The Big Think

December 24, 2004

And I Feel Fine

Filed under: Space — jasony @ 12:19 pm

According to NASA, Near Earth Asteroid 2004 MN4 has a 1 in 233 chance of hitting the Earth and causing global devastation on April 13th 2029.

This object is the first to reach a level 2 (out of 10) on the Torino Scale. According to the Torino Scale, a rating of 2 indicates “a discovery, which may become routine with expanded searches, of an object making a somewhat close but not highly unusual pass near the Earth. While meriting attention by astronomers, there is no cause for public attention or public concern as an actual collision is very unlikely. New telescopic observations very likely will lead to re-assignment to Level 0 [no hazard].” This asteroid should be easily observable throughout the coming months.

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