According to Russian scientists, an asteroid 30 times more powerful than Earth’s largest nuclear bomb will be very close to our planet by the end of this decade. The asteroid Apophis, also known as the “God of Destruction,” will pass very close to Earth in April 2029, according to scientists. This asteroid was previously predicted to pass in the year 2068, but recent calculations have revealed that this prediction is incorrect.
According to Russian scientists, the massive celestial rock Apophis will pass 39 thousand kilometres above the earth’s surface. This is the same distance, according to Sputnik, where satellites are currently installed for broadcasting TV channels. Apophis’ power can be gauged by the fact that if it collides with the Earth, it will cause an explosion equivalent to 88 million tonnes of TNT. This asteroid has a diameter of 1,115 feet and is speeding towards Earth.
When an asteroid is exposed to sunlight, it heats up.
The god of destruction, Apophis, is larger than France’s Eiffel Tower. The Arizona Observatory in the United States discovered the Apophis asteroid on June 19, 2004. Scientists have been keeping an eye on this asteroid since then. The researchers had previously detected Apophis using the Subaru telescope, and after further analysis discovered that it had accelerated. The asteroid has been discovered to heat up when exposed to sunlight. This asteroid is the third most dangerous, according to NASA.
Scientists believe that as this asteroid approaches Earth, more information will become available. He stated unequivocally that the asteroid will not strike the Earth. It will pass safely close to the surface of the earth. The arrival of Apophis on Earth is a historic event in and of itself, as it will be the first time such a dangerous and massive asteroid has come so close to the planet.
Satellites and space stations orbiting the Earth will be safe as well.
According to scientists, the asteroid will not harm Earth’s satellites or space stations. The nickel and iron asteroid Apophis is continuously elongating, as evidenced by the radar image. It’s starting to resemble a peanut. However, the researchers stated that more research is required. According to previous research, the chances of colliding with this asteroid are only 2.7 percent.