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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Apophis will hit us in 2029


Apophis would pass through a "gravitational keyhole", a specific region in space no more than about 400 meters across that would set up a future impact on 13 April 2036.

Planetary Society is offering a $50,000 prize for the best plan to put a tracking device on or near the asteroid. It is predicted that the comet will change its orbit and might attack us again in 2036. The University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS program is training four powerful digital cameras towards the heavens to watch for the attack. Impact Summary

Its a 5x1010kg asteroid and has a temperature of -290K. Additional observations through 2006 resulted in Apophis being lowered to Torino Scale 0 on August 6, 2006. NASA astronaut Edward Lu is campaigning for a new space tractor, costing between $200 million and $300 million that would divert this asteroid on a path to slam into Earth by changing the space rock's orbit.

"We're only trying to get a really tiny change in the velocity of the asteroid to prevent an impact," said Lu, a former University of Hawaii solar physicist.

2 comments:

Kevin said...

-290K... that's quite cold!

phobospyros said...

NASA has down graded the 2029 pass to a 0 on the Torino scale. This is comforting. The alarming issue is little has been said about the 2036 pass except it will be altered by the 2029 pass. Look I m not a nut. I m an electrical engineer with an IQ of 189. So I m not stupid. A body the size of a 25 story building is predicted to graze our little rocks EM field in 2029 then it will be on an altered course for 2036. The very near miss in 2029 is so close it will pass between our planet and its artificial satelites(excuse spelling errors please :( ). Honestly what do you think is going to happen in 2036. I really think NASA, the Russians, do know. How do you tell a populace that in 24 years we are ALL Dinosaur's. That like the KT2 event, anything larger then a cat is just gone. A peoples religion and faith just aren't enough to stop mass rioting and lawlessness. So they focus on the silver lining of 2029 and focus on that. Really people, they just won't tell us. I will be aged 48, my son 34. May as well start making the tomb stones now. Not that there will be anyone left to place them.

This is science !

When you are speaking to technically illiterate people you must resort to the plausible falsehood instead of the difficult truth.

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