It seems like apocalyptic predictions concerning large asteroids crop up every year or two. In 2011, the latest scare involves an asteroid that has been in the limelight before: Apophis. In a Jan. 26 report that was issued by Russian scientists, a new prediction concerning the asteroid's possible collision with the Earth was featured. The report has renewed concerns among people around the world about the possibility of the end of life as everyone knows it. However, NASA scientists quickly downplayed the Russian report. While they admit it is theoretically possible for the asteroid to hit the planet, they note that the odds are microscopic; in fact, they put the odds at 1 in 250,000, which should put the minds of most people at ease.
In 2004, NASA scientists created a stir when they announced that Apophis, a 900-foot asteroid, could hit Earth. Shortly thereafter, however, those same scientists backtracked and stated that the possibilities were beyond remote. The recent report out of Russia claims that the odds are high once again, thanks to a tiny gravitational keyhole...