In 2036, an asteroid called Apophis could strike the earth. New reports from Russia say that the Asteroid would hit on April 13th, 2036, and would cause catastrophic damage. But NASA scientists disagree, or at least, say that it is highly unlikely that Aphopis makes contact with earth.
Donald Yeomans, head of NASA’s Earth Object Program Office, said:
“Technically, they’re correct, there is a chance in 2036 (that Apophis will hit Earth).”
But Yeomans says that that chance is approximately 1 in 250,000.
In 2004, NASA thought that Aphopis could strike earth in the year 2029, but after further observation they deemed that it was extremely unlikely to occur. Russian scientists believe, however, that when Aphopis passes the earth in 2029, it could hit a “gravitational keyhole,’ which would alter the asteroids path. If that happens, Aphopis could come back and hit in earth in 2036.
“The situation is that in 2029, April 13, (Apophis) flies very close to the Earth, within five Earth radii, so that will be quite an event, but we’ve already ruled out the possibility of it hitting at that time. On the other hand, if it goes through what we call a keyhole during that close Earth approach … then it will indeed be perturbed just right so that it will come back and smack Earth on April 13, 2036.”