Space & Astronomy
Will Apophis hit Earth in 2036 ?
By T.K. Randall
February 5, 2011 · 22 comments
Image Credit: NASA
The answer is most likely 'no' however its exact path may be more complicated than previously thought.
NASA had previously investigated the likelihood that the asteroid Apophis would collide with us in 2029 and reached the conclusion that the chances of that happening were practically zero. Now however Russian scientists believe the asteroid could hit a 'gravitational keyhole' which means the asteroid could swing back and hit us in 2036. NASA have commented on this to confirm that while it is possible the chances are still tiny - about 1 in 250,000.
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.
| Comments (22)