48 years. This is how many years are calculated on Earth until the asteroid Apophis (God of Chaos) is predicted to hit Earth. While it was first estimated that the asteroid Apophis would simply miss our planet by a little, new information has confirmed the possibility of Apophis colliding with Earth.
This new calculation is largely due to scientists taking into account the Yarkovsky effect, which essentially means that asteroids can actually accelerate in space based on its chemical composition. The radioactive material can give the asteroid a slight boost in space, which slightly changes its trajectory. It is already known that Apophis is about 300 meters long and is composed mainly of hard metal ̵
Dave Tolen of the University of Hawaii, who has been known for Apophis since 2004, commented: “Without taking into account Yarkovsky’s deviation, Apophis is still a threatening object, but not in 2068. Taking into account Yarkovsky’s scenario of impact in 2068 is still in play. Small but not zero. “And this magic number comes with a 0.00067 percent chance of Apophis hitting Earth.
During these long 48 years, Apophis will make an “extremely close” flight on Friday, April 13, 2029 (Yes, Friday the 13th), where it will be visible to the naked eye.
In the event of an apocalypse, at least you covered Orea with the construction of the Doomsday Arch in Norway.
? Astronomer @UHIfA has revealed critical new discoveries related to a large asteroid that is expected to pass extremely close to Earth ➡️ https://t.co/9a6dooEeSj #UHMResearch pic.twitter.com/m4X2tFPPR5
– University of Hawaii at Manoa (@uhmanoa) October 28, 2020