NASA downgrades the risk of a large asteroid impact in 2880

A new assessment of a remotely risky asteroid brings good news: It’s even less threatening than astronomers feared.

The odds of an asteroid dubbed 1950 DA crashing into Earth were still tiny and long into the future: In 2015, scientists calculated that the object had a 1 in 8,000 chance of impacting Earth within a year. 2880. But a new analysis released on Tuesday (March 29) knocks the asteroid off the top spot on NASA’s list of known asteroids that are most potentially dangerous to Earth.

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