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This page is a blog post that explains what the odds are of being killed by a meteorite impact. Because of the wide-spread damage that would occur from a meteorite of significant size, the possibility is not insignificant. The author compares these odds to other unlikely events and includes ideas on how the government could help lower these odds.
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- Solar System
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- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
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© 2008 Kalmbach Publishing Company
asteroid, impact chances, impact odds, impact probability, meteor strike
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Metadata instance created July 16, 2012 by Zachary Davis
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P. Plait, Bad Astronomy: Death by Meteorite, (2008), <>.
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Plait, P. (2010, December 6). Bad Astronomy: Death by Meteorite. Retrieved May 19, 2022, from
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Plait, Phil. Bad Astronomy: Death by Meteorite. December 6, 2010. (accessed 19 May 2022).
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Plait, Phil. Bad Astronomy: Death by Meteorite. 2008. 6 Dec. 2010. 19 May 2022 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Phil Plait", Title = {Bad Astronomy: Death by Meteorite}, Volume = {2022}, Number = {19 May 2022}, Month = {December 6, 2010}, Year = {2008} }
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