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January 29, 2007

Apophis the asteriod

Friday the thirteenth could be the most widespread superstition in the United States. But, in the year 2029 there may be reason for people to be extra careful, because what may be coming could rock the world.

According to there is a asteroid by the name of Apophis( the ancient name of a Greek god meaning Egyptian god of darkness and destruction) which is likely to plunge towards the earth on Friday the 13th of April, 2029.

How close will this asteroid come to the Earth? Well, according to Apophis will be well inside of the geosynchronous communication satellites that are circling the earth. To get a better picture of how far that is says it is about the distance of a round trip flight from Melbourne, Australia, to New York City.

As stated by Apophis is going to come close to the earth. In fact this asteroid will be the first in human history to be clearly visible to the naked eye.

The asteroid is said to have the power of 65,000 Hiroshima bombs. Also, it has the power to wipe out a small country, and churn up a tidal wave that could become 800 ft high. These are things that could happen if Apophis hit the earth.

According to scientists are saying if the asteroid comes within the range of 18,893 miles from the Earth, the asteroid will pass through the “gravitational Keyhole�. If this occurs then there will be a seven year period where the asteroid would stay in the Earth’s orbit with the potential to destroy parts of the earth.

According to the chances of this happening is 45,000 to 1. But, since there is such a risk former astronaut Rusty Schweickart is urging NASA to start formulating a plan. Even with the little risk this asteroid has Rusty feels the asteroid should not be ignored. He would like NASA to start planning a mission to land a radio transponder on the Apophis to make for certain that the asteroid will not hit the Earth.

As for now with the little risk that the asteroid has to the Earth NASA has decided to hold off on devising any plans until they can get a more accurate idea of what is in store for Apophis the asteroid.