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Max Gorbachev. Sputnik International
The celestial body was first observed in 2004 by astronomers at the Kit Peak National Observatory located in the United States. Scientists then predicted that there was a 2.7 percent probability that the asteroid would hit the Earth in 2036, which was later rejected by astronomers. Then came new data …
Scientists say that there is a chance that the monster asteroid (99942) Epophys will hit the Earth. The statement was recently given at a conference of the American Astronomical Society. David Thole, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii, said data provided by the Subaru telescope showed that Epophys, named after the Egyptian god of chaos, showed signs of Yarkovsky acceleration, which scientists say was potentially a collision Places celestial bodies on the way to. With our planet in 2068.
Whether or not humanity is doomed to meet an asteroid that is larger than the Eiffel Tower, astronomers will be able to tell with certainty on Friday the 13th (what coincidence) 2029, when the apesis will hit our planet at a very close distance. . According to David Tholen, the asteroid will appear with the naked eye on this date, flying closer to Earth than some satellites.
After this meeting, astronomers will be able to predict that the asteroid will contact us in 2068.
“We will find that it happens exactly as it passed through the Earth, and this will make it much easier for us to predict your impact scenarios. If it passes just the right distance from Earth, the gravitational pull. The only change in the Earth’s orbit would be to come back and hit the Earth ”, Said David Tholey.
NASA previously said that even though the asteroid survives travel through Earth’s atmosphere and remains intact even if it falls on the planet’s surface, it will cause locally significant damage. However, the space agency insisted that the loss would not cause natural catastrophe.