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  • Impact of asteroid that will approach Earth in 2029 'CANNOT be ruled out' [but pretty much no]

    07/06/2018 1:50:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 63 replies
    Express UK ^ | Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | Sean Martin
    Astronomers have calculated the Apophis asteroid will speed past Earth on April 13, 2029, at just 18,600 miles away -- a hair's width in astronomical terms. To put that into perspective, the moon is 238,900 miles away... If the 27 billion kg asteroid were to hit Earth, scientists calculate that it would leave a crater over a mile wide and a staggering 518 metres deep. However, most worryingly, the impact would be equivalent to 880 million tons of TNT being detonated -- some 65,000 times as powerful as the nuclear bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima. The next time the...
  • Asteroid that could’ve obliterated NYC skimmed past Earth – and NASA didn’t notice

    12/08/2017 9:25:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | 12/08/2017 | By Rachel O'Donoghue
    A MASSIVE asteroid that could have destroyed New York City skimmed past Earth – and NASA had no clue. The large space rock – dubbed 2017 VL2 – passed the planet on November 9 at an astonishing distance of just 73,000 miles, which is considered tiny in space terms. Space boffins think that if the rock measuring between 16 and 32 metres had hit, it could’ve wiped a major city such as New York off the map. The rock belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and was first seen at ATLAS-MLO observatory in Hawaii a day later. It was...
  • Russian scientists plan to upgrade their nuclear missiles so they can shoot down meteorites...

    02/14/2016 12:35:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Keiligh Baker
    Russian scientists are planning to tweak their intercontinental ballistic missiles, ICBMs, to target meteorites. Russian news agency TASS reports the missiles would have the power to destroy meteorites measuring from 20m and up to 50m in size. ... Senior rocket researcher Sabit Saitgaraye, from the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau, said they plan to test their missiles on the asteroid 99942 Apophis, which he believes will pass 'dangerously close' to Earth in 2036. ... As a result, modifying solid-fueled ICBMs will require millions of pounds and permission from the authorities, and as such it is unclear whether the project will ever...
  • Asteroid Apophis Just Got Supersized

    02/09/2014 2:45:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Discover News ^ | January 9, 2014 | Ian O'Neill
    ...asteroid 99942 Apophis is actually bigger than we thought. In fact, it’s been supersized by 20 percent. Asteroid Apophis catapulted to fame in 2004 when a study predicted a 2.7 percent chance of Earth impact in April 2029. Since then, the threat level has been downgraded. However, the space rock will still make a very close pass with our planet, coming within 22,364 miles (36,000 kilometers), zooming below the orbit of geostationary satellites. But Apophis’ orbit is a bit tricky as it will make yet another close pass in 2036. Although the return trip was also a concern, as of...
  • Apophis asteroid: Large space rock flies past Earth

    01/09/2013 9:29:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    BBC World Service ^ | 9 January 2013 Last updated at 10:25 ET | Rebecca Morelle
    A 300 metre-wide asteroid is making a close pass to the Earth. Apophis - named after the Egyptian demon of destruction and darkness - has been put on a watch list by scientists. They have calculated that in 2036 there is a very small chance it could collide with our planet. However, its current fly-by is at a safe distance of about 14 million km - but this is close enough for astronomers to study the space rock and assess its future risk. Apophis will not be visible with the naked eye, but space enthusiasts can watch it online via...
  • Using a solar sail to deflect an earth-destroying asteroid

    08/17/2011 12:17:22 PM PDT · by BobZimmerman · 5 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | August 17, 2011 | BobZimmerman
    In a paper published today on the Los Alamos astro-ph preprint website, two Chinese scientists have proposed using a solar sail for deflecting any asteroid that happens to be aimed at the earth. The diagram to the right is their simulated mission to impact the asteroid Apophis, which will pass close to the earth in 2029 and — depending on whether that flyby puts it through a very small 600 meter-wide mathematical “keyhole” — could then return in 2036 on a collision course.
  • Fact following fiction? Scientists plan mission to blow up an asteroid 'hurtling towards Earth'

    08/17/2011 10:11:54 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2011 | Ted Thornhill
    It seemed far-fetched on the silver screen. But the European Space Agency is planning to launch a mission similar to the plot of Hollywood movie Armageddon, in which Bruce Willis and his intrepid team attempt to blow up a huge asteroid that’s hurtling towards Earth. [snip!]
  • Doomsday Determined? Asteroid Apophis Could Strike Earth in 2036

    02/10/2011 7:30:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2011 | Michelle Bryner
    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, they’re correct, there...
  • Will Apophis Hit Earth in 2036? NASA Rejects Russian Report

    02/07/2011 1:11:28 PM PST · by arderkrag · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Space.com via Yahoo! News ^ | Mon Feb 7 2011 | Michelle Bryner
    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, reports out of Russia say that scientists there 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?
  • Cosmo-nuts vs. the asteroid: The Russians are planning a space mission to save Earth

    01/04/2010 4:35:14 PM PST · by presidio9 · 20 replies · 731+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, January 4th 2010
    Little Sally, Little Billy, rest your heads. Do not worry about that terrible asteroid Apophis that NASA says has a 1-in-250,000 chance of obliterating planet Earth in 2036, when you will be turning 32. The asteroid will not destroy your brand new house, the one you bought with a sub-sub-prime mortgage. It won't land on your shiny electric Lexus with autodrunkensteer. It won't interrupt season 35 of "24," in which Jack Bauer tortures the thugs who swapped his Viagra for Metamucil. Why? Because Anatoly Perminov of Russia's space agency is reporting for duty. His agency is considering sending a spacecraft...
  • Nasa 'short of money to watch asteroids heading to Earth'

    08/12/2009 4:05:16 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 26 replies · 1,823+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/12/2009
    Congress assigned the space agency four years ago to watch 90 per cent of potentially deadly rocks hurtling through space by 2020 but never gave it the money to build the necessary telescopes, according to a report by the National Academy of Sciences. The agency estimates that about 20,000 asteroids and comets in Earth's solar system bigger than 460 feet in diameter are potential threats to the planet. Rocks between 460 feet and 3,280 feet in diameter can devastate an entire region Lindley Johnson, NASA's manager of the near-Earth objects program, said. So far, scientists know the whereabouts of about...
  • Incoming Asteroid Under Close Watch (in 2029)

    04/13/2009 2:24:52 PM PDT · by decimon · 57 replies · 1,383+ views
    Discovery ^ | April 13, 2009 | Irene Klotz
    April 13, 2009 -- Exactly 20 years from today, an asteroid about the size of a 25-story building will come closer to Earth than the networks of communications satellites orbiting the planet. The chance of an impact are extremely remote -- only about 1 in 45,000 -- but the asteroid, named Apophis, will be back. Analysis of the asteroid's orbit show it will return to Earth seven years later. Astronomers don't yet know if Apophis' second visit will be a rendezvous or a collision, as its orbit will be bent by Earth's gravity during the 2029 flyby.
  • Scientists tasked with finding, deflecting 'killer asteroid'

    12/18/2008 1:54:28 PM PST · by presidio9 · 43 replies · 948+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Thu, Dec. 18, 2008 | ROBERT S. BOYD
    A blue-ribbon panel of scientists is trying to determine the best way to detect and ward off any wandering space rocks that might be on a collision course with Earth. "We’re looking for the killer asteroid," James Heasley, of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy, said last week to the committee that the National Academy of Sciences created at Congress’ request. Congress asked the academy to conduct the study after astronomers were unable to eliminate an extremely slight chance that an asteroid called Apophis will slam into Earth with devastating effect in 2036. Apophis was discovered in 2004 about...
  • Killer asteroid predictions 'off by millions of miles'

    07/15/2008 11:01:48 AM PDT · by Raineygoodyear · 25 replies · 192+ views
    New Scientst ^ | July 15th, 2008 | David Shiga
    YOU'D think that by now we'd have a firm grip on the trajectory of the solar system's most worrisome chunk of rock. In fact we have only a hazy understanding of how likely the asteroid Apophis is to strike Earth. What's more, budget cuts may shut down the telescope that could clarify the situation. Since Apophis was discovered in 2004, asteroid-watchers have known that it has a slim chance of hitting Earth in 2036. At 270 metres wide, it is too small to rival the object that wiped out the dinosaurs, but it could cause devastating tsunamis were it to...
  • German schoolboy, 13, corrects NASA's asteroid figures: paper

    04/15/2008 4:30:27 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 104 replies · 711+ views
    physorg ^ | 4/15/08
    A 13-year-old German schoolboy corrected NASA's estimates on the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth, a German newspaper reported Tuesday, after spotting the boffins had miscalculated. Nico Marquardt used telescopic findings from the Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP) to calculate that there was a 1 in 450 chance that the Apophis asteroid will collide with Earth, the Potsdamer Neuerster Nachrichten reported. NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency (ESA), that the young whizzkid had got it right. The schoolboy took into consideration the risk of...
  • German schoolboy, 13, corrects NASA's asteroid figures: paper

    04/16/2008 5:44:41 AM PDT · by Abathar · 62 replies · 170+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 04/15/08
    BERLIN (AFP) - A 13-year-old German schoolboy corrected NASA's estimates on the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth, a German newspaper reported Tuesday, after spotting the boffins had miscalculated. Nico Marquardt used telescopic findings from the Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP) to calculate that there was a 1 in 450 chance that the Apophis asteroid will collide with Earth, the Potsdamer Neuerster Nachrichten reported. NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency (ESA), that the young whizzkid had got it right. The schoolboy took into consideration...
  • Asteroid Threat Demands Response, Experts Warn

    02/17/2007 11:41:10 AM PST · by blam · 67 replies · 12,232+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 2-17-2007 | Ivan Semeniuk
    Asteroid threat demands response, experts warn 16:26 17 February 2007 NewScientist.com news service Ivan Semeniuk, San Francisco If the asteroid Apophis hits Earth in 2036, it could slam into the Pacific Ocean, generating a tsunami that could devastate the west coast of North America (Illustration: Don Davis/NASA) Kamchatkans and Venezuelans beware. A 20-million-tonne asteroid could be heading your way. Californians have even more reason to worry - the asteroid is more likely to hit the Pacific Ocean, triggering a tsunami that could devastate the west coast of North America. These are among the scenarios projected for asteroid Apophis, which researchers...
  • Astronaut Seeks Craft to Bump Asteroids

    01/23/2007 8:52:26 PM PST · by John W · 61 replies · 1,122+ views
    AP via Earthlink ^ | January 23, 2007 | AP
    HONOLULU - NASA astronaut and former University of Hawaii solar physicist Edward Lu is calling for a new spacecraft that would divert asteroids on a path to slam into Earth. The small space tractor, costing between $200 million and $300 million, would hover near an asteroid to exert enough gravitational pull that the space rock's orbit would change and a collision with our planet would be averted, Lu said before a crowd packed into a 300-capacity auditorium at the University of Hawaii-Manoa Monday night. "We're only trying to get a really tiny change in the velocity of the asteroid to...
  • Risk Of Asteroid Smashing Into Earth Reduced (Apophis)

    05/22/2006 4:52:42 PM PDT · by blam · 70 replies · 1,512+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-22-2006 | Kelly Young
    Risk of asteroid smashing into Earth reduced 12:50 22 May 2006 NewScientist.com news service Kelly YoungThe asteroid's path through the solar system will bring it to close to Earth in 2029 (Image: JPL/NASA) The danger to Earth from an asteroid called Apophis, which once looked relatively likely to hit the Earth, appears to be waning. The odds of an Earth impact by Apophis in 2036 have now been reduced from 1 in 5500 to 1 in 24,000, following new radar measurements taken by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. On 6 May 2006, with the asteroid 42 million kilometres away,...
  • Scientist: Asteroid May Hit Earth in 2029

    12/23/2004 8:24:16 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 336 replies · 11,416+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 12/23/04 | JOHN ANTCZAK
    Scientist: Asteroid May Hit Earth in 2029 Thu Dec 23, 5:40 PM ET By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES - There's a 1-in-300 chance that a recently discovered asteroid, believed to be about 1,300 feet long, could hit Earth in 2029, a NASA (news - web sites) scientist said Thursday, but he added that the perceived risk probably will be eliminated once astronomers get more detail about its orbit.   There have been only a limited number of sightings of Asteroid 2004 MN4, which has been given an initial rating of 2 on the 10-point Torino Impact Hazard...