The close miss of asteroid 99942 Apophis in 1929, courtesy JPL
i heard about an asteroid that could collide with earth in 2029. And, i also heard that a recent study shows that it will miss earth. Is it going to collide? I am worried about it even thought it is many years in the future. I am curious to know about it because i have been stressing about it for a while. I would really appreciate it if I could get a response.
The asteroid 99942 was discovered in 2004 and there were some initial concerns that it may hit the Earth during a close pass on 13 April 2029. The asteroid or space rock is believed to be about 250 metres wide and would hit the Earth at 12.5 km per second. It would cause nasty damage over a large area, but, fortunately, it is not big enough to create a long-term global disaster.
Astronomers have extensively observed the asteroid since it was discovered. They have now refined its path and found that though it will come very close in 2029 – below the level of geosynchronous satellites – it will miss the Earth. People with binoculars in some parts of the globe, but not Australia, will have an exciting view of Apophis racing across the sky.
So don’t worry Naomi, there is no chance of an impact in 2029. Seven years later in 2036 there could be an impact, luckily though the chances of it happening are extremely low.