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God of Chaos asteroid to pass Earth this week before 2029's close approach

God of Chaos asteroid to pass Earth this week before 2029's close approach

3/2/2021 7:15:00 PM

God of Chaos asteroid to pass Earth this week before 2029's close approach

Apophis is deemed potentially hazardous because of its size and occasional proximity to our planet.

VishnuReddy, a planetary defense expert at the University of Arizona, is helping to coordinate the scientists via the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWNThe group has been treatingApophisas though it were a new object they only recently discovered, and

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have been meeting remotely to discuss their calculations.Reddytold"The goal is to get new observations as if we don't know anything about this object and try and see where in the process we need to improve efficiency and also identify the human factor."

Meanwhile the European Virtual Telescope Projecta live online feed that starts on March 6 at 00:00 UTC. It will allow people to watch the flyby as it happens.Scientists are particularly interested inApophisbecause of another close pass it will make to the Earth in April 2029. That time, it will be a mere

19,800 miles away from the Earth when it zooms past—much closer than the moon, which is around 238,855 miles away.Predictions such as this are what led scientists to giveApophisits name, after the Egyptian deity who personified chaos.As of February 22 2021, astronomers had identified just over 25,000 Near-Earth Asteroids. Approximately 1,000 of them are thought to be 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) in size

or more.Asteroid size is important because it helps scientists predict how much damage the space rock would cause were it to collide with our planet.The asteroid which exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February, 2013 was only around 17 meters in diameter, according to Peter Brown, a physics professor at Western University in Ontario, yet it released enough energy to shatter windows over 200 square miles

and injured more than 1,600 people. It was alsotravelingat over eleven miles a second.A stock photo shows an asteroid in empty space.Apophisis thought to be up to 2,230 feet in diameter. Read more: Newsweek »

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Oh God 🤔🤔 My imagination 😂😂😂😂😂 Goodbye human race Bring it on, motherfucker! im nonchaotic im structured but the swamp ofgermany is superchaotic We should try to blow it up in 2029 as a test. ☄️Apophis: Egyptian God of Darkness and Chaos: ‘The Great Serpent’ and enemy of the Sun God Ra in Ancient Egyptian Religion. Cool.