We’ve read concerns before about asteroids colliding with Earth – an event that could have catastrophic effects on the planet and the human race. Now it looks like a similar threat is possibly headed toward our sister planet, Mars. Scientists say there is a 1 in 75 chance that a 160-foot wide astronaut could collide with Mars in January, based on current projections.

The size of the asteroid is similar to the one that hit Earth in 1908, flattening forests in Siberia. According to the L.A. Times, that asteroid dropped 80 million trees spread over 830 miles.

Should the asteroid hit, it’s expected that it would knock up a cloud of dust that might even be visible through telescopes, although NASA would have a closer look through the two land-based Mars rovers, Opportunity and Spirit, and the Reconnaissance Orbiter. Clearly, this has scientists excited about the possibility to observe and map out a colossal hit unlike anything they’ve been able to monitor before.

Unfortunately, right now it’s hard to come up with a solid trajectory for the asteroid, which is currently behind the moon, where it will remain for the next two weeks. Still, a 1 in 75 shot is considered pretty good, and the scientists are rooting for the hit.

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