Asteroid 2004 MN4

Dont panic! Just after Christmas asteroid 2004 MN4 gained a rating on the Torino scale of 4, making it the highest ever rating. The Torino scale measures the likelihood of a comet/asteroid hitting the Earth. This was interesting, as the probability of a hit got as high as 1 in 45. However, after more observations the orbit was refined and it was calculated that it will miss us by about 6 million km on 13th April 2029. It currently has a probability of impact of 0.016%.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 04th Feb 2005 (18:31 UTC) | Permalink
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