In 48 years, an asteroid named after the Egyptian God of Chaos Apophis could hit Earth.
Apophis will pass special near Earth in 2068, Popular mechanics report. And because its trajectory is drifting bit by bit, there’s a chance it will actually hit us. The odds of that happening are pretty low – but the risks, the scientists say, are real.
Even before that, Apophis will visit. By 2029, it will even pass between the Earth and a network of satellites, then we will be able to see it with the naked eye, PopMech report.
However, University of Hawai’i astronomers cannot rule out the 2068 impact that a transit in 2029 will certainly be harmless. Their work, presented at the 2020 meeting of the American Astronomical Society, has been tracking Apophis̵7; changing trajectory since it was discovered in 2004.
Again, the likelihood of Apophis actually posing a threat to us is miniscule – low probability, but the consequences will be dire. However, the space agencies are preparing, according to PopMech. NASA and SpaceX are kicking off the DART mission, which will be a round of practice for the plan to deflect potentially murderous asteroids.
Russian scientists have also said they are developing a nuclear missile they plan to fire at Apophis – so at least, the space rock won’t let us off guard.
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