The massive asteroid named after the “God of Chaos” is gaining momentum as it travels to Earth, increasing the chances of a collision in 2068, which would be equivalent to 880 MILLION tons of TNT
- The asteroid Apophis accelerated as it traveled along a path to Earth
- Experts call this the Jarkowski effect, which occurs when an asteroid collects heat from the sun and releases it – creating something like a small thyristor.
- These findings suggest it could hit Earth on April 12, 2068
- Release released the same equivalent as exploding 880 million tonnes of TNT
An asteroid named after the God of Chaos is gaining momentum as it travels its path to Earth – and could hit our planet in 48 years, experts warn.
Astronomers at the University of Hawaii have confirmed that the massive asteroid Apophis has accelerated in its path due to uneven radiation, which acts as a small force.
Prior to the discovery, the impact was thought to be impossible, but new discoveries suggest the asteroid has a chance of crashing to Earth on April 12, 2068 – and could be catastrophic.
The apophysis is more than 1,000 feet wide and the impact will be equivalent to 880 million tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT) exploding at once.
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An asteroid named after the God of Chaos is gaining ground as it travels along a two-lane path to Earth – and could hit our planet in 48 years. Astronomers confirm that Apophis (rounded) accelerated on its way due to uneven radiation, which acts as a small signal
Apophis was discovered on June 19, 2004 by astronomers at the Keith Peak National Observatory in Arizona.
The asteroid has since been tracked as it orbits the Sun, completing it in less than an Earth year.
Researchers spotted Afofis with the Subaru telescope earlier this year and found that it accelerated after analysis, known as the Jarkowski effect.
When the asteroid’s body is heated by sunlight, it re-radiates energy like heat, which acts as a tiny repressor for the cosmic object.
Astronomers say that before the effect occurred, the impact in 2068 was impossible, but they have since changed their tune.
Prior to the discovery, the impact was said to be impossible, but new discoveries suggest the asteroid has a chance of crashing to Earth on April 12, 2068. The impact would be equivalent to 880 million tonnes of trinitrotoluene (TNT) exploding all at once. (The picture shows pictures of the asteroid in 2012)
Dave Tolen, one of the astronomers, said: “The new excitement we received with the Subaru telescope earlier this year was good enough to detect Jarkowski accelerating at Apophis, and they show that the asteroid is moving away from a purely gravitational orbit for about 170 meters per year, which is enough to sustain the 2068 impact scenario. ‘
Apophis also won the title of the third highest threat on the NASA Risk Table, reports Gizmodo,
The chart estimates that one in 150,000 asteroids has a chance of hitting Earth in 48 years, but Tolen told Gizmodo that the odds are closer to one in 530,000 – a figure that is a Jarkowski effect.
The asteroid contains nickel and iron, and radar images show it to be elongated with both lobes, making it look like a peanut.
The researchers note that more excitement needs to be made in order to fully understand the amplitude of the Jarkowski effect and how it affects the Apophis orbit.
The asteroid contains nickel and iron, and radar images suggest that it is elongated with both lobes, making it look like a peanut (artist’s impression). According to the data, there is a chance that one in 150,000 asteroids will hit Earth in 48 years
And they plan to ‘know well before 2068 whether there is any possibility of influence’.
When Apophis was first discovered, experts said there was a 2.7% chance of impacting the Earth in 2029, but now data show it will safely pass at a distance of 19,794 miles from Earth.
This is the closest approach to an asteroid of this size that scientists knew in advance.