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Asteroid 'Apophis' set to skim Earth in 2029

Posted on Friday, 3 May, 2019 | Comment icon 16 comments

Fortunately it is very unlikely that Apophis will collide with Earth. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA is making preparations to study a large asteroid that is expected to pass within 19,000 miles of Earth.
Named ominously after the Egyptian god of chaos, Apophis measures 340 meters across and was first spotted by astronomers at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona in June 2004.

What made it particularly remarkable at the time was the fact that it seemed to have a 2.7% chance of striking the Earth in 2029, however this has since been revised down to just 1 in 100,000.

Even so, when it does skim past Earth in ten years' time it will pass so close to our planet that scientists will have a unique opportunity to study it up close.

To this end, NASA and other space agencies will be keen to prepare well in advance.

"The Apophis close approach in 2029 will be an incredible opportunity for science," said JPL radar scientist Marina Brozovic. "We'll observe the asteroid with both optical and radar telescopes. With radar observations, we might be able to see surface details that are only a few meters in size."

Apophis will even be visible to the naked eye - giving amateur stargazers a chance to see it too.

"Apophis is a representative of about 2,000 currently known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs)," said Paul Chodas of JPL's Center for Near Earth Objects Studies (CNEOS).

"By observing Apophis during its 2029 flyby, we will gain important scientific knowledge that could one day be used for planetary defense."

Source: Independent | Comments (16)

Tags: Asteroid, Apophis

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Comment icon #7 Posted by docyabut2 on 3 May, 2019, 22:02;_ylt=AwrJ7Fm1uMxcmwoAWbZpCWVH;_ylu=X3oDMTByMDgyYjJiBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMyBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?q=nasa+latest+news+on+asteroids+today&v_t=comsearch#id=1&vid=a8710cbc06358e0eae18efe725d92f27&action=view
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney on 3 May, 2019, 22:08
Naw Old Mother. It won't even skim us. I'm hoping to watch it pass. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by susieice on 3 May, 2019, 22:11
It won't hit but it will pass close. Hoping to be here to watch it also.
Comment icon #10 Posted by sci-nerd on 3 May, 2019, 22:50
You can't predict a hit. If you could, we'd all be The Beatles!
Comment icon #11 Posted by MWoo7 on 3 May, 2019, 23:21
 it clicked refresh okay and nobody even here, cool, posted  !  posts over me.  ! IT !!!!!  Laterzzzzzz !
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hawken on 3 May, 2019, 23:36
19,000 miles. Don't we have satellites around that orbit? That's too close.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 May, 2019, 13:10
Actually you can and it has been done, three times confirmed with a fourth probable: List of successfully predicted asteroid impacts Poor choice of analogy as the Beetles were famously rejected by Decca Records.   We do, but the chance of a satellite being hit by a single asteroid is vanishingly small. It's only too close when it is going to hit us.
Comment icon #14 Posted by sci-nerd on 4 May, 2019, 17:15
I was just being silly, as in: no intention whatsoever of sounding serious 
Comment icon #15 Posted by docyabut2 on 5 May, 2019, 10:11
sus heard on the morning news the other day Nasa did give a report. They said that asteroid of 2029 could be like the one that passed Russia,  could hit , destroy a state, like a atomic bomb.  Hearing that ! gave me the creeps
Comment icon #16 Posted by susieice on 5 May, 2019, 15:52
They've ruled out it getting close enough to do that docy.

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