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Christmas Star Asteroid to Buzz Earth on Boxing Day

On December 26th, the day after Christmas or Boxing Day, a star will appear in the heavens that many will see as a sign. A sign of what? That a potentially hazardous asteroid will have passed dangerously close to Earth, hopefully avoiding contact on its latest trip through the solar system. Sorry Rudolph and wise men (if there are any left).

“Potentially Hazardous Asteroids are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth. Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance of 0.05 astronomical units or less and an absolute magnitude of 22.0 or less are considered PHAs.”

By NASA’s definition of ‘potentially hazardous asteroids’, 310442 (2000 CH59) – discovered in 2000 – is definitely one of them. Traveling at 27,447 miles per hour, 310442 (2000 CH59) measures 620 meters by 200 meters (2034 feet by 656 feet) and will intersect Earth’s orbit at 0.04874 astronomical units. How potentially hazardous is it? The Chelyabinsk meteor that hit Russia in 2013 was estimated to have a diameter of 17–20 meters (55.5-65.6 feet) and its shock wave alone caused $32 million in damages.

310442 (2000 CH59) is ranked as a rare Aten asteroid – a Near Earth Object (NEO) whose orbit crosses Earth’s orbit but spends most of its time inside Earth orbit. Only about 1490 (as of 2017) of the more than 20,000 known near-Earth asteroids are of the Aten class — the other two are Amor class (these never cross Earth’s orbit) and Apollo class (these cross Earth’s orbit but stay primarily outside of it). Atens are often considered the most dangerous because almost all have eccentric orbits which cross Earth’s and their primary locations inside that orbit makes them difficult to track. In 2004, Aten asteroid 99942 Apophis (2004 MN4) was predicted to be highly likely to impact Earth in 2029 or 2036 but later observations ruled out the possibility.

However … asteroid C0PPEV1 surprised everyone on Halloween when this NEO passed over southern Africa at an altitude of just 3,852 miles after it was discovered just hours earlier by the Catalina Sky Survey 7:45am PT. Yikes!

Yeah, yeah, yeah … what about 310442 (2000 CH59)? Should we plan to celebrate Boxing Day a day early? What stores are open on December 25th for emergency returns? Good news, Earthlings. On December 26th at 3:54 a.m. EDT, 310442 (2000 CH59) will be at its closest point — 0.04874 astronomical units or about 4.5 million miles away. While that still makes it a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid,” NASA puts its chances of impact at zero … this time. That also means it won’t be visible to the naked eye, so wise men (or wise women – isn’t it time?) will have to look elsewhere for a sign.

Merry Christmas!

Source: Mysterious Universe

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Asteroid Apophis: Scientists calculate the exact date and place of impact

You know it’s not good news when NASA says there is a possibility that a space rock will impact planet Earth, and more when it’s huge. The asteroid that can rush to Earth and that is larger than the Eiffel Tower is called Asteroid Apophis, in honor of the Egyptian god of chaos.

Its trajectory shows that it travels about 31,000 km over the surface of the Earth, and there is a possibility that it will pass near its surface.

To put it in perspective, it is possible that the asteroid will pass near the communication and meteorological satellites in orbit, traveling at more than 40,000 km / h when it passes Earth.

And in the event that the Asteroid Apophis of 27 billion kg hits the Earth, it could create a crater 1.6 km wide and 518 meters deep.

The impact would be equal to 880 million tons of TNT. All very disturbing, right? However, the only person who is not worried is the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, who has already announced that if a massive asteroid hits the Earth, we cannot do anything about it. But now a group of scientists has calculated the impact date.

The true danger of Asteroid Apophis

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has long been warning that Apophis is a potentially dangerous asteroid found in our solar system.

Although the US space agency has predicted the odds of a four-in-a-million collision during its near passage in 2036, some conspiracy theorists believe that the real dangers of this murderous space body have not been foreseen.

Asteroid Apophis: Scientists calculate the exact date and place of impact

As reported by the British newspaper Daily Express, scientist Michael Horn reveals that NASA has been completely wrong in studying the trajectory of the asteroid Apophis, and argues that a possible collision with space rock hazards may occur within the next ten years.

Horn says the asteroid can impact our planet in an area between the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Black Sea, located between Eastern Europe and Western Asia

“Apophis will hit Earth on April 13, 2029, or April 2036 if it does not deviate, ” Horn told the Daily Express.  asteroid Apophis, with certainty, will impact the Earth between the North Sea and the Black Sea on April 13, 2029, less within 10 years or on April 13, 2036. I have a lot of information that we have corroborated to date with more than 250 specific examples of what I would like to call prophetically accurate scientific information from the source. ”

Horn also claimed that former NASA aerospace engineer  Matthew Wieczkiwwicz and mathematician Harry Lear are key members of his research team.

Scientific controversy

In 2013, NASA calculated that asteroid Apophis would not impact Earth. They ruled out the possibility of an impact in 2036. They considered that the probabilities of the impact of the great space rock are less than one in a million, so the only interest is purely scientific.

But they also made it clear that on April 13, 2029, the passage of the asteroid Apophis will enter history due to how close the object of our planet will be.

It can be observed with optical telescopes and radar. With radar observations, they can check their surface a few meters in size.

Asteroid Apophis: Scientists calculate the exact date and place of impact

Will NASA protect us using a planetary defense weapon?

NASA constantly tells us that we should not worry about the danger of asteroids, as it has been developing a planetary defense weapon for years to protect the Earth from the threats of space. The main objective of this weapon is to divert the asteroids from their original collision course trajectory so that these space bodies quickly pass Earth without triggering a true apocalypse.

However, some experts believe that this planetary defense weapon will not work when it comes to fighting large asteroids such as Apophis. According to these experts, bombing the asteroid is the only way to protect the Earth if giant space bodies approach. But, attacking the asteroids will cause radioactive rain that will cause another type of devastation.

Do you think that Asteroid Apophis will end up impacting our planet?

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Asteroid Apophis, unlike Nibiru, is a real threat to the Earth.

You can forget about it, carried away by numerous reports of the threatening planet Nibiru. But there is an asteroid Apophis which moves to the Earth and represents a danger with its mass. The asteroid is also known as the doomsday cosmic stone, bearing the name of the Egyptian god of chaos and darkness.

Asteroid Apophis – the name of the space destroyer

In 2013, NASA astrophysicists refuted the possibility of an asteroid colliding with the Earth, and he really passed by. However, in 2029, Apophis will reach a visible magnitude of 3.1 – an asteroid the size of a good stadium will be visible to the naked eye.

In 2004, the international scientific community informed about the discovery of a large celestial body. Astronomers have discovered an asteroid hidden behind the Sun, whose flight path is directed toward the Earth. He was called Apophis 99942 (asteroid 2004 MN4) whose closest approach to our planet will be on April 13, 2029.

After this approach, he will continue to fly, but the orbit of the asteroid will be changed by gravitational attraction. According to professional astronomers, the asteroid Apophis will return in seven years, and despite being close to our planet, he does not threaten a collision.

But according to some forecasts, the asteroid Apophis will hit the Earth on Easter Sunday, April 13, 2036. It will be a 750 megaton impact hit of estimated kinetic energy! An asteroid will kill more than 10 million people in seconds. Without a doubt, this will be a terrible apocalypse on Earth. Moreover, the asteroid has already “tried on” to our planet:

The devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean occurred the day after the asteroid approached in 013. News of the impact of Apophis went unnoticed as the media reported the deadly effects of the tsunami.

At the same time, space agencies reject the dangerous influence of Apophis. Meanwhile, on April 13, 029, at an altitude of about 30,000 km above the Earth’s surface, an asteroid with a diameter of about 325 meters will pass. It will become as bright as the stars of the constellation Ursa Minor.
This will be the defining moment when the asteroid touches the Earth. According to Russian scientists, an object can pass through a gravitational castle, which will change its trajectory so as to cause a collision in a future passage in 2036.

What happens if the asteroid Apophis falls to Earth?

Asteroid Apophis will enter our atmosphere with a capacity of 750 megatons of kinetic energy. For example, the Tunguska event in 1908 ranged from 3 to 10 megatons, and the largest ever exploded hydrogen bomb – only 57 megatons.

If the asteroid Apophis falls to Earth, the result will be real apocalypse on earth. An object about 400 meters long will cause more than significant damage. Simulations carried out to date suggest that more than 10 million people will die as a result of the impact.

If this happened on land, an asteroid impact would destroy an area of ​​about 80 kilometers and leave a crater about 5 kilometers wide and another 5 kilometers deep.
If the fall occurs in the ocean, it will cause a huge tsunami, which will rush tens of hundreds of kilometers into the coastal territories.

Today, even options are mentioned for the “withdrawal” of a large asteroid from its trajectory. For example, launching rockets with explosives in order to gently push away the cosmic rock, and thus change the trajectory of the asteroid.

Although since astrophoid Apophis was discovered in 2004, experts predicted the probability of impact on the Earth in 2029 at 2.7%. Subsequent changes in the calculations excluded this probability, though a gravity lock can change its trajectory.

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This is the largest asteroid that will probably hit Earth, the NASA Impact System warns

NASA’s impact monitoring system has detected the largest and most dangerous asteroid that could hit Earth. If this asteroid collides with Earth, it could cause an event of extinction partial on the planet.

The dangerous asteroid has been identified by NASA as 29075 (1950 DA). This asteroid is currently being tracked by Sentry, which is the automated asteroid impact monitoring system of the POT. With an estimated diameter of approximately 1,320 meters, 29075 (1950 DA) is currently the largest asteroid on the list of Sentry that has the possibility of hitting the Earth.

According to NASA, 29075 (1950 DA) is classified as an Apollo asteroid, which means it has a wide orbit that surrounds the Sun and Earth. Occasionally, the asteroid’s orbit intersects with Earth’s when the planet cycles around the giant star.

Asteroid orbit 29075 (1950 DA)
Asteroid orbit 29075 (1950 DA). Credit: NASA

Due to its natural orbit that crosses the Earth and its gigantic size, 29075 (1950 DA) has been labeled as a potentially dangerous asteroid.

NASA explained in a release:

Potentially dangerous asteroids are currently defined based on parameters that measure the potential of the asteroid to make threatening approaches to Earth. Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance of 0.05 astronomical units or less and an absolute magnitude of 22.0 or less are considered (potentially dangerous asteroids). ”

More than 17,000 near-Earth asteroids remain undetected in our solar neighborhood
More than 17,000 near-Earth asteroids remain undetected in our solar neighborhood. Credit: NASA

Unlike the other asteroids that are on the list of Sentry, only a potential impact on Earth was detected for 29075 (1950 DA). Depending on the monitoring system, this impact event could take place on March 16, 2880.

Sentry He noted that if the asteroid ends up hitting Earth on this date, it could do so with a speed of more than 64,374 kilometers per hour. The speed of the asteroid, combined with its massive size, indicates that an impact event in 29075 (1950 DA) would cause high levels of destruction on Earth.

Although this asteroid is smaller than the one that caused the extinction of dinosaurs millions of years ago, 29075 (1950 DA) is still large enough to completely eliminate entire cities and even states. The energy that will be released from its impact could be powerful enough to cause extreme environmental effects.

As we have already said, the question is not: will an asteroid collide with the Earth? The question is when will it do so?

Source: IBTimes 

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