Apophis Asteroid May Destroy Some Satellites In 2029

Jesus Diaz
JAN 9, 2013 8:30 PM

The deadly asteroid Apophis is safely passing by Earth today, more than 9 million miles (14.5 million kilometers) from our home planet. Next time we won’t be so lucky. On April 13, 2029, Apophis will come so close that it may destroy satellites in orbit.

The European Space Agency’s Herschel space observatory has acquired new images of the asteroid and their new data is conclusive.

First, it’s much bigger than NASA’s previous estimation. According to the new images, this rocky beast has a diamater of 1,066 foot (325 meters), with a margin of error of ±49 feet (±15 meters). According to team leader Thomas Müller of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, “the 20% increase in diameter, from 270 to 325 m, translates into a 75% increase in our estimates of the asteroid’s volume or mass.”

Read more: Apophis Asteroid May Destroy Some Satellites In 2029 — GIZMODO.

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