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Your House Will Not Be Destroyed by an Asteroid, but You Can Calculate the Odds If You Want

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Did you know that every year, about one asteroid between 16 and 33 feet wide hits the Earth? And when you look at asteroids that are less that 16 feet wide, the total that hit the Earth jumps to around 500?

Crap, that means that you have a pretty solid chance of your house being destroyed by an asteroid, right?

Wrong. The odds of that happening are actually pretty terrible – like one in a few trillion depending on how big your house is. Movoto has created a neat little interactive infographic that lets you calculate that probability.

Mine was about 1 in 1.8 trillion. I feel pretty safe.

On Friday, February 15th, an asteroid named 2012 DA14 will pass by the Earth. When we say “pass by,” we mean that it will come within 17,200 miles of the Earth’s surface. So it’s not going to hit you – you can sleep tight.

[Movoto via Geekosystem]

Your House Will Not Be Destroyed by an Asteroid, but You Can Calculate the Odds If You Want


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