Ah, Christmas! The incessant commercials for expensive toys on TV, the overpriced soap in the market, the panic in husbands’ eyes in Boots on Christmas Eve. Fear not, there is a small but finite chance that the Universe will kill you before December 25th, and take all that stress away. What will it be? Asteroid impact, solar flare, or death ray from a neutron star? Modern science has progressed to the stage where we can calculate these chances, weigh them up, and decide whether to blow that pension pot in the next two weeks. Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast will be laying down the odds over a festive eggnog or two.