Apophis is now on top of the Potentially Hazardous Asteroids list.

Asteroid Apophis, which may hit Earth in 2036, will pass close by this week - Comment on 2013 January 9

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If the asteroid were to hit Earth in 2036, it would explode with the power of 100,000 Hiroshima nuclear bombs. Thousands of kilometres will be affected directly, and the cloud of smoke and dust will envelop the planet. Read more:

Here extracts from an article of today:

 

Asteroid Apophis, which may hit Earth in 2036, will pass close by this week

Planet Earth will get a close look at a wandering demon when asteroid Apophis passes within a few million kilometres on Thursday.

99942 Apophis - named after the Egyptian demonic serpent-spirit of destruction - blasted itself into public awareness back in 2004 when astronomers calculated a 1 in 45 chance of it hitting the Earth on 13 April 2029.

New data and fresh calculations have all but ruled out the risk for 2029 - but exposed a small chance that the asteroid could get alarmingly close in 2036.

The 390m lump of space rock will be close enough to be seen in the night sky after it has passed its closest point at 14.5 million kilometres later this week.

Astronomers are not sure about the exact risk Apophis poses in 2036.

This is why a forest of telescopes will be pointed towards the asteroid as it comes into view on Thursday.

Apophis is now on top of the Potentially Hazardous Asteroids list maintained by the International Astronomical Union.

If the asteroid were to hit Earth in 2036, it would explode with the power of 100,000 Hiroshima nuclear bombs. Thousands of kilometres will be affected directly, and the cloud of smoke and dust will envelop the planet.

 

See
2010 Mar 18 - Russians devising plan to deflect Apophis asteroid
2010 Aug 19 (2) - To divert celestial bodies to prevent them hitting earth

 

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