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Apophis the ultimate version of asteroids

While doing my morning browsing around the innerweb’s I clicked through the Apollo Moon landing 40th anniversary page. In buzz aldrin’s speech (seriously buzz, you need to go down with your name retired but that name is amazing) he “presented an elaborate slide show detailing how to make a quick visit to the moon a stepping stone to visits to the Martian moon Phobos, Mars itself, and even some asteroids like Apophis that may someday hit Earth”. Now being a lunar nut that I can be at times, I said wait a second. Apophis? So one quick trip over to wikipedia revealed a few answers.

In 2004 initial reactions had a probability of the asteroid hitting earth at a whopping 2.9%. We wouldn’t be humans if we didn’t freak out over the most miniscule minuta of a chance that could very well never happen. Silly Hoomans. The next time the Asteroid would come into earth’s place in the universe would again be in 2029. During that time there is a chance Apophis would pass through a gravitational keyhole, a precise region in space no more than about 600 meters across, that would set up a future impact on April 13, 2036. Again another possibility that has been disputed. The article later goes on to say “As of April 16, 2008, the impact probability for April 13, 2036, is calculated as 1 in 45,000.[6] An additional impact date in 2037 was also identified; the impact probability for that encounter was calculated as 1 in 12.3 million.”

However, we do not get away so easily. In 2880. yes, 800 years in the future. Asteroid 1950 DA has a high likely hood of hitting earth. However in the next 800 years (a lot can happen in a few year imagine, 800), the trajectory can place it in one of two spots. One 13.2 million kilometers away or the other, a 1 in 300 chance, a dead on collision. Due to 1950 DA’s Size, approxmetly 1.1–1.4 km, “The energy released by a collision…would cause major effects on the climate and biosphere which would be devastating to human civilization.” Better prepare those bunkers now folks. Or book a ticket for Deep Space Nine. Me, i’ll be dust already so things are looking up.

I’m kidding of course.

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , | Comments Off on Apophis the ultimate version of asteroids