An enormous asteroid dubbed the “God of Chaos” will be racing dangerously close to our planet and now NASA is getting ready for it. Voyaging at a pace of nearly 25,000 mph, the 99942 Apophis asteroid will travel under the weather and communication satellites within orbit when it passes by Earth. It will be hurtling so speedily it would seem to cover the Moon’ surface in less than 60 Sec—and will beam intensely as the stars within the sky.
Even though the asteroid won’t be approaching the Earth’s surface until 2029, the US space agency while monitoring its movement is getting ready for the 340-m wide asteroid’s arrival. The purported “God of Chaos” will travel past within merely 19,000 mi of Earth’s surface, owing to which it has been categorized as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. Any deviation in its course could have disastrous results, even though the analysts have stated the chances to be very low.
Nevertheless, crossing the Earth could b devastating for the asteroid, as per the previous statements by experts. Astronomer Davide Farnocchia stated, “We already recognize that the close contact with Earth will alter the orbit of Apophis. However, our simulations also demonstrate the close approach can alter the way this asteroid rotates and it’s likely that there will be some surfaces transforms, such as small avalanches.”
Likewise, asteroids have crashed lethally into the Earth’s atmosphere earlier. A massive asteroid, on June 30, 1908, had struck the sky over Tunguska, Russia, demolishing 770 sq mi of forest. It is said the 2 individuals passed away. Also, another asteroid 2006 QV89 will be getting close to the orbit of our planet in September 2019. Astronomers have predicted, founded on primary information, that there is 1-in-7,000 chance for the asteroid to strike Earth. Nevertheless, the latest studies substantiated that it will luckily miss our planet.
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