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Feb082011

Will a Huge Asteroid Collide with Earth in 2036?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Russian scientists claim the Earth may cease to exist as we know it in 2036 when, as they predict, an asteroid is expected to collide with our planet.

The scientists say Apophis, an asteroid measuring more than two football fields in length, will hit Earth on April 13, 2036.

One NASA scientist says the possibility exists that Apophis could hit Earth on the predicted date but he says the chances are about one in 250,000.

Back in 2004, NASA researchers speculated that the asteroid might strike the planet in 2029 but have since discounted the possibility of that happening.

Just in case, they'll be studying Apophis when it makes a relatively close appearance to Earth in late 2012 and early 2013 to decide what course of action will be needed if the Russian projection is accurate.

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