A Close Look at Asteroid Apophis

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | By Josh Boorman

Planet Earth will get a close look at a wandering demon when asteroid Apophis passes within a few million kilometres on Thursday.

From News.com.au

99942 Apophis – named after the Egyptian demonic serpent-spirit of destruction – blasted itself into public awareness back in 2004 when astronomers calculated a 1 in 45 chance of it hitting the Earth on 13 April 2029.

Asteroid Apophis

 

New data and fresh calculations have all but ruled out the risk for 2029 – but exposed a small chance that the asteroid could get alarmingly close in 2036.

The 390m lump of space rock will be close enough to be seen in the night sky after it has passed its closest point at 14.5 million kilometres later this week.

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