Aug 27

First, check out this video which shows all of the documented asteroids in our solar system (for full effect watch in 1080 fullscreen):

Then you will likely ask yourself: “What are the chances?”. Well, the book that I’m now reading – “Global Catastrophes and Trends” by Vaclav Smil – goes into this in some detail:

There are perhaps as many as a billion asteroids orbiting the sun in a broad and constantly replenished belt between Mars and Jupiter as well as a similar number of comments moving in more distant orbits withinthe Opik-Oort cloud beyond Pluto. Gravitational attraction of nearby planets constantly displaces a small portion of these bodies into elliptical orbits that move them toward the inner solar system and into the vicinity of Earth.

After an analysis based on the size and varying degrees of damage they may inflict, you’ll be pleased to know:

… probabilities of the Earth’s catastropic encounter with a comment are likely less than 0.001% during the next 50 years, a chance approaching the level of 1 out of 1 million.

Oh yeah, the book is:

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