posted on Aug, 31 2012 @ 09:37 PM
Scientists with the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences have recalculated the path of a large asteroid, Apophis; the refined
data indicates a significantly low likelihood of a hazardous encounter with Earth, the institute’s leading research fellow Viktor Shor said on
The Apophis asteroid is approximately the size of two-and-a-half football fields; its orbit is slightly offset to that of Earth's. Discovered in
2004, astronomers have determined that the asteroid will make a very close flyby in 2029 and might even hit Earth.
The initial calculation for the asteroid Apophis orbit was made using only two sets of observations.
Russian scientists recalculated its path taking into account a subtle effect changing the orbit of the asteroid - the thrust from sunlight absorbed
and re-radiated as heat by the asteroid (the so-called Yarkovsky effect).
“Scientists give various orbital determinations for Apophis. But earlier calculations for the orbit did not include the Yarkovsky effect. This
effect could strongly deflect the path of the asteroid,” Shor said speaking at the International Aerospace Congress in Moscow.
A little longer than normal quote...but it's all important.
Well, the fact that a large asteroid has 'nil' chance of hitting us is always good...
Let's just hope it doesn't hit the 'keyhole' and comes back and hits us 7 years later.
Although, if we cannot prevent this from happening in the year 2036, maybe we deserve it. That's the universes way of telling us we are not
concentrating our intelligent minds on the right things...
I know this had been talked about before, but I wasn't sure if the possibility of it hitting us in 2029 was quite 'nil' at that point, and any news
that makes the probability 'nil' is worth sharing in my books.