Saturday, 12 January 2013

NASA: No Asteroid Apophis Earth Impact in 2036

NASA Rules out Earth Impact in 2036 for Asteroid Apophis

Jan. 11, 2013 — NASA scientists at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., effectively have ruled out the possibility the asteroid Apophis will impact Earth during a close flyby in 2036. The scientists used updated information obtained by NASA-supported telescopes in 2011 and 2012, as well as new data from the time leading up to Apophis' distant Earth flyby Jan. 9, 2013.


Asteroid Apophis was discovered on June 19, 2004. (Credit: UH/IA)
Discovered in 2004, the asteroid, which is the size of three-and-a-half football fields, gathered the immediate attention of space scientists and the media when initial calculations of its orbit indicated a 2.7 percent possibility of an Earth impact during a close flyby in 2029. Data discovered during a search of old astronomical images provided the additional information required to rule out the 2029 impact scenario, but a remote possibility of one in 2036 remained -- until Wednesday.

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Sources: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ScienceDaily.com .

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