Asteroid Threat Downgraded; How Do The Odds Stack Up? : The Two-Way Threat of asteroid Apophis striking the Earth is downgraded. How do the odds compare to other ways of dying?
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Asteroid Threat Downgraded; How Do The Odds Stack Up?

Asteroid Apophis — all two-and-a-half football fields of it — is headed toward Earth.

But, thankfully, NASA now says the odds of it striking the planet in the year 2036 are only about 1-in-250,000. That's an improvement from the 1-in-45,000 odds NASA was previously giving on a close-encounter-of-the-collision-kind with Apophis.

The new odds follow some recalculations of the asteroid's path.

So, how do they compare to some other ways of dying that we may want to worry about? Here's a short quiz that may be illuminating (all odds apply to deaths in the U.S. and come from the National Safety Council):

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