Published On: Sat, Apr 13th, 2013

Apophis Could Smash the Earth in 2036


Apophis is a close  Earth asteroid that made entirely of iron. Apophis named after the Greek-Egyptian god of death and destruction, because it will be the largest and closest asteroid to the Earth. Apophis caused a brief period of concern in December 2004 because the initial observations indicated a small probability that it would strike the Earth in 2009.

Finally it didn’t strike the Earth in 2009. Another observation predicts that Apophis will be passing the Earth again on April 13, 2029, but not close enough to impact the Earth and the Moon. This theory eliminated the possibility of an impact on Earth or the Moon in 2029. If Apophis hit earth in 2029, it would be the deadliest Natural Disaster.

Additional observations provided improved predictions that Apophis would pass through a gravitational keyhole, a precise region in space no more than about a half mile wide, which would set up a future impact on April 13, 2036. NASA estimates the energy from this particular asteroid could cause End of World, because it the same as if 65,000 nuclear bombs were dropped on us. What happens next depends on where it hits.

So, if Apophis does hit the Earth in 2036, where exactly will it hit? It depends on how much the Earth’s gravity pulls on Apophis. Scientists are fairly certain the asteroid would hit one of these three large areas. The first is Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of California, the second likely area of impact would be in the great forests of north Russia, and the third impact zone would place the asteroid striking somewhere southeast the Dominican Republic.

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