Asteroid Apophis will come very close to earth in 2029 and possibly impact in the year 2036. That may seem like a long time from now, but it is just around the corner. Instead of worrying about 2012, start to worry that we don’t have a good program designed to track potential asteroid hazards. How many times do we hear about asteroids zooming very close to earth and we did not know that it was even coming? We know Asteroid Apophis is coming…but what are they not telling us?
Apophis will come within 18,000 miles from earth on Friday, April 13th, 2036. That amount of miles is actually very, very close and it will be visible to the naked eye. You thought Halley’s comet was the talk of the world in the 1980’s…just wait until this Asteroid Apophis comes knocking on our door.
Asteroid Apophis is 1,000 feet in diameter, which is about 90 stories tall and weighs 25 million tons. If this asteroid hits anywhere on earth it would be 68,000 times the force that the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
NASA labeled Apophis as a Near Earth Object. Lets just hope it stays in that label and not become an impact asteroid.