Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Apophis may strike Earth in 2068

Posted on Saturday, 2 March, 2013 | Comment icon 38 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: ESA

 
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."

  View: Full article

 Source: rian.ru


  Discuss: View comments (38)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #29 Posted by Purifier on 3 March, 2013, 10:04
Well at least we don't have to worry much with this one. Now all we have worry about are the ones they haven't found yet.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Frank Merton on 3 March, 2013, 11:12
No the odds of a collision sound small but as I said we really don't know in good enough detail to be that sure when it comes so close. We should worry about this one. It doesn't have to be at the top of the priorities list, but it should certainly be watched very carefully.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Capt Amerika on 4 March, 2013, 13:20
Agreed. Currently 7 billion people and growing. That's a strain on the natural resources. Hate to say it but the herd needs thinned out. An asteroid impact kills indiscriminately, we can fix our own over population problems quite easily. We could easily thin out the herd by stopping all the taxpayer funded welfare and handouts. No more "Free Health care" - Pay your way. Let nature run its course, you work you eat, you don't, well.... been nice knowing you. Maybe we wouldn't have 30% dropout rates then either. at some point you have to stop working to keep people alive that do not contribute to... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by woopypooky on 5 March, 2013, 11:33
misleading ....1:10 is a chance, 1:1000,000,000 is also a chance
Comment icon #33 Posted by skookum on 5 March, 2013, 11:48
I will be 94 so if I am still about I will be overdue something finishing me off.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Mikko-kun on 8 March, 2013, 18:16
As if NASA or any could give a 100% sure calculation... sure, you can get the 99% and scratch, but the observatory technology doesn't reach that far beyond kuiper belt to tell us whether it could alter it's course far before that time or not. I trust in them to be able to calculate if there is a greater likelihood of it hitting us, but not that it actually wont hit us. They cant predict these things so accurately because the course can be changed due to collisions and gravitational (or quantum if gravitation doesn't exist??) influences with objects we're not aware of. As a solution for overpop... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 8 March, 2013, 18:54
As if NASA or any could give a 100% sure calculation... sure, you can get the 99% and scratch, but the observatory technology doesn't reach that far beyond kuiper belt to tell us whether it could alter it's course far before that time or not. I trust in them to be able to calculate if there is a greater likelihood of it hitting us, but not that it actually wont hit us. They cant predict these things so accurately because the course can be changed due to collisions and gravitational (or quantum if gravitation doesn't exist??) influences with objects we're not aware of. As a solution for overpop... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by Mikko-kun on 8 March, 2013, 19:14
I threw in 99% and scratch for that century's accuracy you mentioned because of what's beyond Kuiper belt and in there too, affecting the orbits. I didn't say asteroids there were of concern, on the contrary. What's going unnoticed in the Kuiper belt and beyond can shift the odds in both directions. Basic deduction, so I dont take a too trusting stance on what NASA's given odds even if I trust their calculations.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 11 March, 2013, 15:05
I threw in 99% and scratch for that century's accuracy you mentioned because of what's beyond Kuiper belt and in there too, affecting the orbits Like I said, you just invented a statistic that has no basis in reality. Are you a politician? What's going unnoticed in the Kuiper belt and beyond can shift the odds in both directions. What's going on in the Kuiper belt is almost totally irrelevant, the vast majority of asteroids which threaten the Earth originate in the asteroid belt. Despite what films like Armageddon suggest it is highly unlikely that an asteroid will be thrown straight out of th... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Mikko-kun on 11 March, 2013, 22:54
We're talking about different things, I guess I went off-topic if apophis was an asteroid from the belt... I thought it was from outside our solar system. Sorry for my reading comprehension if that's the case, not the first time that happened. I didn't know people actually worried about the asteroids in the belt too. I'd be more concerned about what's outside the belt, what's there that no one's picked yet with their telescopes and all, thought it might be more relevant to ponder the chances there, considering that we've only recently discovered regularly orbiting things on the outskirts of Ku... [More]


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6811480
283422
186482

 
Trump may inadvertently veto UFO task force
11-24-2020
The US President is threatening to veto a defense bill that includes funding for the Pentagon's UFO task force.
Mystery '2001' monolith found in Utah desert
11-24-2020
A real-life version of the monolith from '2001: A Space Odyssey' has shown up in the middle of nowhere.
US Air Force base is guarded by robotic dogs
11-23-2020
Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida is replacing human guard patrols with a new type of four-legged robot.
Medieval soldier found in Lithuanian lake
11-23-2020
Scientists have uncovered the remarkably well-preserved remains of a medieval man with an iron sword.
Other news in this category
Elon Musk outlines plans for living on Mars
Posted 11-22-2020 | 10 comments
The SpaceX CEO has made no secret of his ambition to see humans living on the Red Planet in his lifetime....
 
Iconic Arecibo telescope 'close to collapsing'
Posted 11-20-2020 | 7 comments
The decision has been taken to dismantle the world-famous telescope after it suffered 'catastrophic' damage....
 
The universe is like a giant human brain
Posted 11-18-2020 | 17 comments
A new study has noted the striking structural similarities between the universe and the brain inside our heads....
 
4 astronauts launch to ISS aboard Crew Dragon
Posted 11-16-2020 | 3 comments
The second ever manned flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft saw the new ISS crew blast into orbit....
 
Can we still land humans on the Moon by 2024 ?
Posted 11-14-2020 | 4 comments
A recent analysis has cast doubt on the ambitious timetable currently set out for a manned lunar landing....
 
Our galaxy has 300 million habitable planets
Posted 11-11-2020 | 4 comments
A new NASA study has revealed just how many potentially habitable worlds there are in our galaxy....
 
Bacterium survives outside ISS for entire year
Posted 11-9-2020 | 4 comments
Scientists have identified a bacterium that seems surprisingly capable of surviving in the vacuum of space....
 
Is there a piece of our moon behind Mars ?
Posted 11-8-2020 | 5 comments
Scientists have discovered that an asteroid trailing behind Mars could actually be a fragment of the Moon....
 
Russia in new bid to beat Tom Cruise into space
Posted 11-7-2020 | 3 comments
Russia is attempting to beat the US by shooting the first feature film in space before Tom Cruise does....
 
Fast radio burst is traced back to its source
Posted 11-5-2020 | 2 comments
For the first time, astronomers have traced a fast radio burst (or FRB) back to its original source - a magnetar....
 
NASA reconnects with Voyager 2 after 7 months
Posted 11-4-2020 | 8 comments
The space agency has been able to 'talk' to the distant probe thanks to a Deep Space Network dish upgrade....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ