Express Publishes Update on Near-Earth Asteroid Apophis

August 20, 2019

Article includes images of Apophis taken by NMT's Magdalena Ridge Observatory


The Express, a publication based in the United Kingdom, published a news article this week updating the status of asteroid Apophis. The asteroid will fly by earth in 2029 and 2036 and NASA has determined that it does not pose a threat to Earth, thanks in part to observations by the Magdalana Ridge Observatory at New Mexico Tech.

Asteroid Apophis as imaged by the Magdalena Ridge ObservatoryHere is an excerpt of the article. Click the link at the bottom of this page to read the full article. 

God of Chaos: The asteroid which could blast Earth with a force of 65,000 nukes

AN ASTEROID, dubbed the ‘God of Chaos’, which currently looks like a giant pebble hurtling through space, could one day come crashing into Earth with the power of 65,000 Hiroshima nuclear bombs.

NASA has revealed images of the ‘God of Chaos’ asteroid which has left some scientists worried. While scientists have “effectively ruled out the possibility” of the 370-metre asteroid crashing into Earth in 2029 or 2036, another close flyby expected in 2068 is being observed as “the most dangerous”. The asteroid was named by NASA as 99942 Apophis after the Ancient Egyptian god of evil, darkness and destruction, which birthed the nickname ‘God of Chaos’.

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