Skip to comments.Doomsday Determined? Asteroid Apophis Could Strike Earth in 2036
Posted on 02/10/2011 7:30:31 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
The date for Armageddon has been set, and it's not going to happen in 2012.
In 2004, NASA scientists announced that there was a chance that Apophis, an asteroid larger than two football fields, could smash into Earth in 2029. A few additional observations and some number-crunching later, astronomers noted that the chance of the planet-killer hitting Earth in 2029 was nearly zilch.
Now Russian scientists estimate Apophis will collide with Earth on April 13, 2036. These reports conflict on the probability of such a doomsday event, but the question remains: How scared should we be?
Technically, theyre correct, there is a chance in 2036 [that Apophis will hit Earth]," said Donald Yeomans, head of NASAs Near-Earth Object Program Office. However, that chance is just 1-in-250,000, Yeomans said.
NASA was quick to discount Russia's fears, however. The situation is that in 2029, April 13, [Apophis] flies very close to the Earth, within five Earth radii, so that will be quite an event, but weve already ruled out the possibility of it hitting at that time, Yeomans told Lifes Little Mysteries, Space.com's sister site.
An artist's concept of a catastrophic asteroid impact with the early Earth. NASA and other space agencies are discussing how would we prevent such asteroids collisions ... and they have some far-out ideas. slideshow
Russia is considering sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth. Just how would we prevent asteroids from colliding with Earth?
"No one should worry. Between Mars and Jupiter, we have an asteroid belt. There's all the asteroids going near the sun, and these objects are coming near the earth all the time," Tim Hill, space manager at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, told MyFoxTampaBay.
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The Obamaroid will kill us long before Apophis gets here.
Rev 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
Well I’ll be in my 70s and will have had a pretty decent run by then.
Remind me to start thinking about in in 3034.5.
Darn, just before my 75th birthday.
Would this still be Bush’s fault?
The way things are going, by then it will just be a matter of a little rock hitting a big rock, no big deal.
I’ll probably be out of the ability to work by then and goodness knows I won’t have enough money to survive after obastard gets through with us.
Any chance we can move the date up?
When does Sociality Security run out?
I hit the wrong button! Social Security!
I thought that the consensus was that they have to see what Apophis does in an upcoming close call (2013, I think). If it threads a needle in the distance between the Earth and the Moon at the time (a 600 mile ‘eye’), then it will certainly strike the Earth and hit in the Pacific in the 2030s.
If it doesn’t, then there is no danger.
And by any standard, as I understand it, there is no danger of Apophis being a planet killer or anything like that. But it would probably be unwise to be vacationing on the West Coast that week.
The price of green bananas should start falling a day or two before this thing hits.
Algore has already promised us that 2016 is the end since humankind failed to follow up on his global warming advice. Who cares about 2036, right Alg?
Won't have to file an income tax return that year!
It will just be before I turn 70.
I wonder if I should worry about it? I’ll be 100 years old then!
I feel so much better now.
Get your facts straight!
I wonder if NASA is still confused by that metric-English thing.
Two football fielda? About like a large atomic bomb, but nothing that will wipe out anything outside of a 50 mile radius or so. Sorry to disappoint all of those eagerly hoping for Armageddon.
(Thanks for the ping DuncanWaring!)
Hey! Maybe this thing could land on some vacant housing tracts in Vegas and change forever the global housing market!
Hmmm... Just one year after Social Security runs dry.
I would say its a possibility that we may experience an extreme but temporary magnetic pole shift before the end of this year.
A complete reversal would be....well....a BIG EFFING DEAL!
I picked a bad week to quit smoking. ;)
I remember when I thought my current age was old.
Crater diameter ≈5km.
[[I picked a bad week to quit smoking. ;)
I was thinkin bout quitting, but now I’m too stressed out by the idea that I’ve only got another 20+ years to live- I’ll probably up my cigarette count so that hopefully I die earlier than 2036 as I don’t particularly want to die by getting hit on the head with a rock- how embarrasing
“The Obamaroid will kill us long before Apophis gets here.”
Asstronomical fact: The Obamaroid hits Uranus every April 15th.
RSVP. Regrets only.
On the up side, the earth gets whacked before
the UNIX time stamp rolls over in 2038.
S**t! I’ll only be 94—that’s too young to go!
Note to self:
Perfectly okay to stay everyday in the year 2036.
“Hmmm... Just one year after Social Security runs dry.”
Maybe we’ve been underestimating the ability of our overlords to plan ahead...No wonder they keep kicking the entitlements crisis down the road.
Ba’al killed Apophis in Continuum.
We need to blast the ‘roid in ‘29.
Well, that’s got me worried sick. I’ll only be 89.
Of course, most people in my immediate family died in their 50’s, so I’m already on borrowed time...
April 13, 2036 = Easter Sunday in the US.
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“I thought that the consensus was that they have to see what Apophis does in an upcoming close call (2013, I think). If it threads a needle in the distance between the Earth and the Moon at the time (a 600 mile eye), then it will certainly strike the Earth and hit in the Pacific in the 2030s.”
Surf’s up., Dude!
I don’t actually smkoe but I took that line from the movie Airplane where Lloyd Bridge’s character says he picked a bad week to quit smoking. As the movie progresses he then says he picked a bad week to quit sniffing glue, drugs and a few other things.
But if an asteroid were to drop on my head, i might as well light a cigarette. =)
Be sure and smkoe it. :^)
lol! I caught other spelling mistakes before I hit “post” but one got by me. =)
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