Asteroid Apophis – Where will you be on April 13, 2029

Asteroid Apophis was discovered on June 19, 2004. In 2029, Apophis will travel 19,400 miles from the surface of the earth, 11 times closer to us than our moon in what is called a “close flyby”.

As described by NASA, the April 13, 2029 flyby of asteroid Apophis will be one for the record books, because of the proximity and the large size of asteroid Apophis. Here are the next 5 asteroids, passing within 4.6 million miles of Earth in 2019.

Courtesy of NASA.gov

Asteroid Apophis is 370 meters in width. (The Eiffel Tower is 324 meters in height.) after a series of studies, astronomers no longer predict an asteroid impact in 2029. But, they note that Apophis could hit Earth sometime in 2036 or 2068. The possibility of an impact by Apophis will depend on gravitational keyholes, regions in space that are heavily affected by the gravitational pull of nearby planets. Here are images of Asteroid Apophis:

Apophis image

Following a series of studies, astronomers ruled out the possibility of an asteroid impact in 2029. Instead, they noted that Apophis 99942 could hit Earth sometime in 2036 or 2068. According to the astronomers, the possibility of an impact would depend on keyholes in space, which are regions that are heavily affected by the gravitational pull of nearby planets.

Courtesy of Star Talk

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