Infamous asteroid Apophis is in with a chance of hitting the Earth in just over 50 years time.
Apophis has hit headlines several times over the last few years, after its discovery in 2004 it was initially believed to be in with a very high chance of a collision in the year 2029. Fortunately this was ruled out, as was a further chance to hit in 2036, but now scientists at NASA who have been analyzing its trajectory have determined that there may be a chance of it hitting after all - in 2068.
Fortunately however the odds of an impact are very small indeed as far as apocalyptic asteroids go. "Only one of the potential impacts has a probability of impact greater than 1-in-a-million," read an article from the science team. "There is a 2-meter wide keyhole that leads to an impact in 2068, with impact odds of about 2.3 in a million."
"The 325-meter (1,066-foot) asteroid 99942 Apophis, that will safely fly by the Earth in 2029 and 2036, may strike the planet in 2068, according to an article published on the NASA website."
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