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Earth and Venus May Collide:
A force known as orbital chaos may cause our solar system to go haywire, leading to a possible collision between earth and Venus or Mars, according to a study released on Wednesday.
The good news is that the likelihood of such a smash-up is small, around one-in-2500.
And even if the planets did careen into one another, it would not happen before another 3.5 billion years.
Indeed, there is a 99 per cent chance that the sun's posse of planets will continue to circle in an orderly pattern throughout the expected life span of our life-giving star, another five billion years, the study found.
After that, the sun will likely expand into a red giant, engulfing earth and its other inner planets - Mercury, Venus and Mars - in the process.
Astronomers and meterologists are all so cheery lately, aren't they? Of course we'll all be dead due to natural causes before any of their predictions gambles come 'round for payment, so what's the point of any of this?