By Candice Dehnbostel
A group of scientists and astronomers believe a 25 million ton, 820 ft. wide asteroid could pass close to Earth on April 13, 2029, according to Buzzle.com.
The website states that the asteroid, named Apophis, carries the energy of 65,000 Hiroshima bombs. The asteroid will pass Earth at a distance of 18,800 to 20,800 miles, according to scientists in the article.
These scientists believe that people in Europe, Africa and parts of Asia will be able to see the asteroid in the sky after dusk on April 13.
The asteroid's potential impact would occur somewhere along a 30 mile wide path from Russia to the Pacific Ocean into Central America and then across the Atlantic, according to the website. The asteroid could destroy a small country or cause an 800 ft. high tsunami, stated the article.
Former Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart said NASA should begin preparations to do something about the asteroid.
Steven Chesley of the Near Earth Object program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA stated in an analysis there is no cause for alarm yet.