sean6 Posted February 4, 2011 #1 Share Posted February 4, 2011 (edited) Don't worry, asteroid won't hit Earth ... oh wait! In 2004, NASA scientists announced that there was a chance that Apophis, an asteroid larger than two football fields, could smash into Earth in 2029. A few additional observations and some number-crunching later, astronomers noted that the chance of the planet-killer hitting Earth in 2029 was nearly zilch. Now, reports out of Russia say that scientists there estimate Apophis will collide with Earth on April 13, 2036. These reports conflict on the probability of such a doomsday event, but the question remains: How scared should we be? “Technically, they’re correct, there is a chance in 2036 (that Apophis will hit Earth)," said Donald Yeomans, head of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office. However, that chance is just 1-in-250,000, Yeomans said. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41428607/ns/technology_and_science-space/ from this: The more likely scenario is this: Apophis will make a fairly close approach to Earth in late 2012 and early 2013 Edited February 4, 2011 by sean6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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