Well it turns out that all of our Zombie Apocalypse “Prepper” shenanigans might be for naught. Turns out it might just be an asteroid that brings on the apocalypse. Specifically the disgusting and evil asteroid 2011 AG5.
If it follows the orbit scientists have plotted for it so far, there is a small, small chance that 2011 AG5 could hit Earth in February 2040.
Don’t quit your job and sell your house just yet. Astronomers, who have been tracking the asteroid since January 2011, say it is in an elliptical orbit that could bring it somewhere near Earth in 2040. Earth is about 8,000 miles in diameter; the asteroid appears to be about 450 feet across.
The problem is that having watched it for only about half an orbit around the Sun, the scientists cannot say for certain where it will be 28 years from now. So, for the moment, NASA’s Near Earth Object Program says the odds are about one in 625 that it could hit us in that still-distant future.
The odds of a frequent flier of dying in a plane crash are 500,000 to 1. If you’re frightened of flying, you should be terrified of this. Odds of bowling a 300 game: 11,500 to 1. Odds of injury from shaving: 6,585 to 1. Odds of getting away with murder: 2 to 1. Odds of getting hemorrhoids: 25 to 1. Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1. More odds below the fold… Continue reading