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Close Encounter In 2029

PostMon May 06, 2019 1:06 am

A 1,110-foot-wide asteroid named for the Egyptian god of chaos will fly
past Earth in 2029 within the distance of some orbiting spacecraft,
according to reports. The asteroid, 99942 Apophis, will come within
19,000 miles of Earth on April 13, a decade from now, but scientists
at the Planetary Defense Conference are already preparing for the
encounter, Newsweek reported. They plan to discuss the asteroid’s
effects on Earth’s gravity, potential research opportunities and
even how to deflect an incoming asteroid in a theoretical scenario.
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The asteroid will be visible to the naked eye and will look like a
moving star point of light, according to NASA. It will pass over the
United States in the early evening, according to WUSA 9. Scientists
say most asteroids that pass near Earth aren’t more than 30 feet wide,
making Apophis, named for an Egyptian god of chaos, a rare opportunity
for research. Apophis was discovered in 2004 and, after tracking it
for 15 years, scientists say the asteroid has a 1 in 100,000 chance
of striking Earth decades in the future – after 2060, Newsweek reported.

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