The Apophis asteroid, or the Aapophis asteroid as some people are misspelling it, has a good (bad?) chance of hitting Earth in 2036 according to some experts
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a massive asteroid called 2013 TV135 has a chance of hitting us in 2032 but probably will miss.
The 2013 TV135 asteroid recently sailed past us last month at a distance of 4.2 million miles, which is 17 times the distance from the moon. As a comparison to the Apophis asteroid, NASA says the chances of asteroid 2013 TV135 hitting Earth are one in 63,000 while Apophis was originally estimated at one in 40, or 2.7 percent.
But it’s a relatively new discovery so estimates will be adjusted, which is what happened with the 2029 estimate for Apophis. NASA now says there’s little danger of the Apophis asteroid hitting us at that time.
Compared to most NEAs (Near Earth Asteroids), the Apophis asteroid is big enough to destroy an entire region or at least set off massive tsunamis if it were to hit an ocean. The Russian meteorite was only 17 meters when it hit Earth’s atmosphere and that injured 1,600 people.
So what will happen? On April 13, 2029, NASA’s JPL estimates the Apophis asteroid will approach Earth no closer than 18,300 miles and should be visible to the naked eye in the sky. The composition of the NEA is still being analyzed but their standard dynamical model says 2036 is more dangerous, giving Apophis a small estimated chance of impact of less than one in 45,000for the date of April 13, 2036.
Still, that didn’t stop the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin from claiming the Apophis asteroid could wipe us out:
“A 400-meter asteroid threatens to blow up the Earth. Well, that’s a super goal for domestic space.”
Are you concerned about the Apophis asteroid causing the end of the world?