Asteroid 2013 TV135 has a better chance of colliding with Earth than the odds of you winning Powerball. So says a report that made headlines on Thursday, when astronomers said that there's a chance it could strike our planet in less than 20 years. The collision would unleash a force said to be as powerful as, "a couple of thousand atomic bombs", according to CNN on Oct. 18.
But don't jump-start your doomsday plans just yet, NASA categorizes the chances of asteroid 2013 TV135 passing safely by Earth at 99.998 percent. That's good news for our future earthly inhabitants, so long as global warming is still under control.
Ukrainian astronomers claim the 1,345-foot asteroid whizzed by Earth on Sept. 16, a mere 4.2 million miles away. But they also say it will return and make a closer one-million mile pass on Aug. 26, 2032.
Should such an impact occur, it would cause an explosion estimated to be 50 times greater than the biggest nuclear bomb ever used on our planet.
"This is a relatively new discovery. With more observations, I fully expect we will be able to significantly reduce, or rule out entirely, any impact probability for the foreseeable future", said NASA's Don Yeomans.
Scientists believe an asteroid of in excess of six miles wide wiped out the dinosaurs, along with much of the life on Earth, a celestial 65 million years ago.
That's kind of scary when you realize that Powerball jackpots are routinely hit, and so maybe will be our Earth.