Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Apophis - God of Chaos scheduled sooner than thought


Massive asteroid named after Apophis - the 'God of Chaos' - gains speed as it travels towards Earth with a potential impact date of 2068 in explosion that would be equivalent to 880 MILLION tons of TNT

  • Asteroid Apophis has picked up speed as it travels on a path towards Earth
  • Experts call this the Yarkovsky effect, which occurs when the asteroid collects heat from the sun and releases it - creating something like a tiny thruster
  • These finding suggest it could hit Earth on  April 12, 2068
  • It would release the same equivalent as if 880 million tons of TNT exploded 

An asteroid named after the God of Chaos is gaining speed as it travels on a path towards Earth – and could strike our planet in 48 years, experts warn.

Astronomers at the University of Hawai'i confirmed the massive asteroid Apophis has accelerated on its path due to non-uniform radiation, which acts like a tiny thruster.

Prior to the discovery, the impact was said to impossible, but the new findings suggest the asteroid has a chance of crashing into Earth on April 12, 2068 – and it could be catastrophic.

Apophis is more than 1,000 feet wide and an impact would be equivalent to 880 million tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT) exploding all at once. 

Apophis was discovered on June 19, 2004 by astronomers at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.

Since then the asteroid has been tracked as it orbits the sun, which it completes less than one Earth year. 

Researchers spotted Aphophis with the Subaru telescope earlier this year and determined it had picked up speed following the analysis, known as the Yarkovsky effect. 


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