A scientist has a terrifying warning for the U.S. Express.co.uk. reports that an asteroid that would plunge into the Pacific Ocean would “wipe out the entire west coast of North America”, according to a scientist.
According to the online publication, Apophis 99942 is a 370-meter-wide near-Earth space rock that has caused a short period of concern back in December 2004.
Then there was an initial observation which showed a probability of up to 3% that it could hit Earth on April 13, 2029.
Back in 2006, experts ruled the date out and determined that Apophis would pass through a gravitational keyhole – this is a small region of space where a planet’s gravity is altered.
Experts were able to calculate that this might set up a future impact a few years from now, on April 23, 2036.
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s warning
The online publication writes that Neil deGrasse Tyson warned what would happen if the rock did crash into earth.
As you may already know, the famous expert is an American astrophysicist and author. He revealed his research during a public lecture with Ryan Watt in San Francisco in 2008.
He said: “In the era of observing the cosmos with technology, this will be the closest biggest thing we will ever see. The orbit we now have for it is uncertain enough, because these things are hard to measure, we cannot tell you exactly where that trajectory will be.”
He continued and said that “We know it won’t hit Earth, we know it will be closer than the orbiting satellites. But there is a 600-mile zone – we call it the keyhole – and if the asteroid goes through the middle of that it will hit the Earth 13 years later. It will hit 500 miles west of Santa Monica.”
Dr. Tyson continued and explained how the impact of the asteroid in the ocean would be able to cause a tsunami.
He added: “If it goes through the center, it will plunge down into the Pacific Ocean to a depth of three miles, at which point it explodes, caveating the Pacific in a hole that’s three miles wide.”
UPDATE: In order not to create panic, we must highlight the fact that back in 2008, NASA reaffirmed the chance of Apophis impacting Earth in 2036 as being 1 in 45,000. Since then, the risks have been recalculated and the possibility of such a disaster became even lower.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up ’til now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.