The American Space Agency NASA has announced that after thirteen years of its detection, an asteroid named Apophis may collide with the planet Earth in the year 2036. This collision will lead to the end of the human life and other species.
NASA released a statement that said the calculations made by scientists have claimed that a large asteroid has refined its path and it will collide with Earth in the year 2036 which will result in a massive destruction.
KNOW ABOUT APOPHIS
Apophis is one of those celestial body that has captured everyone's interest since it was discovered in the year 2004. There was 2.7 percent chance of the asteroid that it will impact the Earth in 2029.
The size of Apophis asteroid is approximately the size of two-and-a-half football fields. According to the data which was documented by scientists Steve Chesley and Paul Chodas at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, “Apophis has been one of those celestial bodies that has captured the public’s interest since it was discovered in 2004. Updated computational techniques and newly available data indicate the probability of an Earth encounter on April 13, 2036, for Apophis has dropped from one-in-45,000 to about four-in-a million.”
Dave Tholen's observation at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy in Manoa made the majority data available about the orbit of Apophis. He provided with a more accurate view of the orbit of Apophis and his findings said that there is a close possibility of a close encounter of Apophis with Earth in 2068 with chance of impact currently at approximately three-in-a-million.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF THE COLLISION
Earlier the chances of Apophis colliding with Earth was around 2.7 percent in 2029. Later the possibility of the collision with Earth made a close approach on Friday, April 13, 2029, when it will come no closer than 18,300 miles above Earth’s surface.
The manager of the Near-Earth Object Program Office at JPL, Don Yeomans, said, “The refined orbital determination further reinforces that Apophis is an asteroid we can look to as an opportunity for exciting science and not something that should be feared. The public can follow along as we continue to study Apophis and other near-Earth objects by visiting us on our AsteroidWatch Web site and by following us on the @AsteroidWatch Twitter feed.”
The prediction of the asteroidal orbits is basically based a model of the solar system that also includes a gravitational influence of the sun, moon, other planets and the three largest asteroids.