In the worst case, a meteorite up to 300 m in size will crash into Earth in 2068. But the possibility is not high.
Apophis, a meteorite the size of the Eiffel Tower, is expected to have a “visit” to Earth in the next few decades. According to researchers at the University of Hawaii Astronomical Institute (IfA), there is no exception the scenario that Apophis will crash into the Earth.
“Irregular heat radiation is generating an extremely weak force on the asteroid, forming the Yarkovsky acceleration,” the team announced in late October. Accordingly, the impact of sunlight is causing Apophis to change. change your itinerary over time.
|Illustration of the shape of an asteroid. Photo: CalTech.|
Previously, scientists have repeatedly rejected the scenario that this asteroid will collide with Earth in 2068. However, new observations show that Apophis is drifting out of orbit by about 170 m / year. .
“This is enough for the 2068 collision scenario to come true,” said IfA astronomer Dave Tholen.
Apophis asteroid was first discovered by scientists in 2004. In 2013, researchers determined it was completely harmless. Many hypotheses of Apophis colliding with Earth in 2029 and 2036 have also been previously eliminated. However, with the new data collected, Apophis’ path has surpassed all previous predictions of the researchers.
According to the CNETThere is a possibility that Apophis will fly over the Earth on April 13, 2029. Even so, the distance between asteroids and Earth is so close that we can see it with the naked eye.
In the meantime, scientists are trying to deal with potentially more dangerous asteroids, such as the NASA DART mission. This mission will use the force of a collision between spacecraft to push the Moon of an asteroid capable of crashing into the deviation of Earth. If successful, scientists will widely use this method to eliminate asteroids that are threatening human life.
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