An asteroid spotted last year that was said to have a 1 in 500 chance of hitting Earth in 2040 is now even less likely to impact the blue planet, like was similarly depicted in the popular 1998 flick “Armageddon.”
Space.com reported a new study found the 460-foot-wide asteroid called AG5 will bypass Earth completely.
More specifically, Space.com went on to note the asteroid is expected to miss the planet by 550,000 miles — that’s twice the distance between Earth and them moon.
This study confirms a previous one that came to similar conclusions earlier this year.
“These were extremely difficult observations of a very faint object,” Richard Wainscoat, a member of the team of researchers that monitored 2011 AG5 said in a statement, according to Space.com. “We were surprised by how easily the Gemini telescope was able to recover such a faint asteroid so low in the sky.”
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