An asteroid larger than any skyscraper yet built is hurtling toward Earth, the Daily Mail informs. If it hits on Feb. 4, the paper continues, scientists predict a decade of cold and darkness, skies choked with soot, and misery across the planet.
Between these paragraphs, the Mail inserts occasional reminders that asteroid 2002 AJ129 will not hit Earth, according to NASA.
In fact it is predicted to get no closer than 2.6 million miles from Earth, despite NASA’s scary-sounding classification of the rock as “potentially hazardous” — a term which the Mail has paired with horrific illustrations of an asteroid careening straight into the planet.
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