NASA reduces the likelihood of an impact in 2880 from a big asteroid

A fresh assessment of a distantly risky asteroid brings good news: it's even less

The chances of an asteroid dubbed 1950 DA crashing into Earth were always tiny

scientists had calculated that the object had a 1 in 8,000 chance of impacting Earth in the year 2880

But a new analysis released(opens in new tab) on Tuesday (March 29) knocks the asteroid out of the top spot

"1950 DA should not be of any concern," Davide Farnocchia, a navigation engineer

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, told Space.com in an e-mail. "Rather, I'd say that it is encouraging

we can identify the remote possibility of an impact for this object more than 800 years in advance."

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