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We were not almost killed by an asteroid this week

You hate to see it, but city-killing asteroids are actually quite unlikely to kill cities.
Better luck next time.
Better luck next time. (State Farm via Flickr CC By 2.0/)

"Scientists stunned by 'city-killer' asteroid that just missed Earth" is an awfully compelling headline. But it paints a much sexier—and scarier—portrait than the truth.

Let’s look at the facts. Did a big rock fly by Earth on Thursday morning? Yup: Asteroid 2019 OK is an estimated 187-427 feet across and moved at around 55,000 miles per hour. Did it catch scientists pretty much totally unaware? Yes indeed. Truly, they were shook. Did it “just miss” a collision with our planet? Yes and

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