The image is the path risk of Asteroid Apophis.
Using updated information, NASA scientists have recalculated the path of a large asteroid. The refined path indicates a significantly reduced likelihood of a hazardous encounter with Earth in 2036.
Asteroid Apophis is the size of two and a half football fields. It was discovered in 2004. According to NASA, updated figures seem to indicate that the odds of Apophis impacting Earth went down from one-in-45,000 to about four-in-a-million. These updated figures came from Dave Tholen and other collaborators from the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astonomy. They went over hundreds of unreleased images of the night sky using the University 88 inch telescope located near the summit of Mauna Kea.
The updated information provided more accuracy on the path of Apophis. While these new numbers indicate better news for the year 2036, there is still another chance of impact when it comes back in 2068. The odds are 3 in a million. It seemed that there was hardly a threat of Asteroid Apophis impacting earth.
However, Apophis recently made news again from Russia. Russian astronomers are warning that there is actually a 1-400 chance of Apophis impacting in 2036.
“Apophis will approach Earth at a distance of 37,000-38,000 kilometers on April 13, 2029,” Professor Leonid Sokolov of the St Petersburg State University told Ria Novosti.