Incredible news from science we have today! We have information from NASA that a giant asteroid will be visible to us when it passes close to Earth. Its distance will be like the one of a spacecraft that is orbiting the planet. The asteroid called 99942 Apophis is the 1.100-foot size and will blast the sky like a rising star. It will be seen on April 13, 2029, and you should recognize it by the bright light and speed.
What Has NASA Found Out about the Asteroid?
The asteroid will be at 19.000 miles above Earth’s surface, over the Southern Hemisphere (from the East coast to the West coast of Australia) and it will be seen with the naked eye in the night sky. His route will be the Indian Ocean – West Africa – the Atlantic Ocean – the US at the evening. The event is rare because we have asteroids that are passing Earth at similar distances as Apophis, but they don’t have the same size as the one that will come.
After studying the phenomena and further research, Apophis will be as bright as a star from the Little Dipper constellation, and it will travel more than the width of the full Moon (in a minute!). Of course, the scientists and astronomers will be prepared for this event, and all the radar and optical telescopes will have the mission to observe Apophis. The radar observation could reveal the surface of the asteroid.
The Giant Asteroid Has 2.7% Chances to Hit Earth in 2029
Also, some orbital calculations have been made, and the chances of an impact on Earth in 2029 are by 2.7%. Fortunately, the observations are, and the prospect of an impact is less than 1 in 100.000, so that possibility is not available. The giant asteroid is one of the 2.000 currently know Potentially Hazardous Asteroids.
Finally, observing an essential event like Apophis during 2029 could be a source of valuable information, knowledge, and details that can be used against the real threats on Earth.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.