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Russia Meteor: We're all going to die! But when? And how?

Friday's meteorite explosion over Russia has a lot of humans worried about death. Fortunately, there's a chart for that.
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A Geminid meteor streaks diagonally across the sky against a field of star trails behind one of the peaks of the Seven Sisters rock formation in this long exposure early December 14, 2010 in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. The meteor display, known as the Geminid meteor shower because it appears to radiate from the constellation Gemini, is thought to be the result of debris cast off from an asteroid-like object called 3200 Phaethon. The shower is visible every December. (Ethan Miller/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON — The meteorite that exploded over Russia Friday morning — not to mention a scheduled near-miss today of Asteroid 2012 DA14 — has a lot of homo sapiens on Earth wondering about the Big Question: when, and how, are we going to die?

Fortunately, there's a chart for that.

First of all, we can relax about today's celestial fly-by, which scientists say has no chance of hitting us.

Even so, when it comes to human mortality, asteroids aren't much of a statistical problem.

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