How will the world end? And more importantly, when will it occur? Unless you're Kyle Reese, traveling back in time to warn humanity of the coming rise of genocidal robot overlords, these questions are impossible to answer definitively. However, it hasn't stopped scientists from speculating and making predictions about the likelihood of apocalyptic events.

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BBC Future has compiled the following infographic, known as Apocalypse When? This graphic creates a visual ranking of world-ending events, and their estimated likelihood based on current scientific theories. If you'd like to view a full list of sources and statistics used by the BBC to create this graphic, you can do so here.

Check out the infographic below, or click here to download a full-size version. Then take our poll at the end of this article to let us know which of the BBC's top ten ranked apocalyptic events (if any) you think is most likely to occur in the next 100 years.

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So, what do you think of the ranking of the world-ending threats in this infographic? Let us know in the following poll:


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