NASA says Earth is safe from a rogue asteroid

    Whilst we were all paying close attention to the Mayans and their calendar, we may have missed the news about a rogue asteroid hurdling towards Earth.

    According to CNN, NASA has been tracking an asteroid that had a .02 percent chance of hitting the Earth in 2040.

    “An analysis of the new data conducted by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, shows that the risk of collision in 2040 has been eliminated,” NASA declared Friday.

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    The asteroid, which NASA has named ‘2011 AG5,’ is 460 feet in diameter and will get no closer to Earth than 553,000 miles – about twice the distance to the moon.

    Phew! The asteroid will miss the moon too! Thankfully.

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