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[io9]Slim chance that asteroid named after Stargate villain could hit Earth in 2036

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Previously, it was only the Russians who were saying that the asteroid Apophis could smash into the Earth in 2036, but now a NASA spokesperson is admitting it's a possibility... albeit a slim one.
Everybody agrees that Apophis will swing by Earth in 2029 — coming closer than some of our geosynchronous satellites — but the Russian Space Federation believes that it may go through a gravitational "keyhole" that will bring it back around to hit Earth in 2036. (There are already a ton of websites, some of them religious, about the countdown to the 2036 apocalypse — just in case 2012 falls through.)
A NASA spokesperson, Donald Yeomans, insists the chances are 1 in 250,000 of Apophis hitting Earth in 2036. Says Yeomans:
The situation is that in 2029, April 13, [Apophis] flies very close to the Earth, within five Earth radii, so that will be quite an event, but we've already ruled out the possibility of it hitting at that time... On the other hand, if it goes through what we call a keyhole during that close Earth approach … then it will indeed be perturbed just right so that it will come back and smack Earth on April 13, 2036.



http://io9.com/#!5757674/slim-chance...36-nasa-admits

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How big is said asteroid?
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We have 24 years to prepare for this.. I'm not an apocalypse preacher but the odds of 1 in 250,000 are quite good considering it could kill millions. At some point earth will get hit by an asteroid, so I dont see why governments wouldnt start collaborating on a system to protect the earth.. Except greed.
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We have 24 years to prepare for this.. I'm not an apocalypse preacher but the odds of 1 in 250,000 are quite good considering it could kill millions. At some point earth will get hit by an asteroid, so I dont see why governments wouldnt start collaborating on a system to protect the earth.. Except greed.
If it hits.... it would be billions....


Reason why? Government really do have more pressing matters to fix in the next 10-20 years first...
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*Phew* Good thing the world will end in 2012 so we won't have to deal with this.
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There have been numerous documentary specials on similar things and how the people of Earth would deal with it. The simplest sounds like just smashing something into it so that its trajectory is nudged just enough to miss us.

Speaking of Stargate...I make this plea to people: Please start watching Stargate Universe! It is a great show, but because SyFy is retarded, they put it on Mondays during regular broadcast station shows so the ratings are down, causing them to think they have to cancel the show. Watch it so ratings pick up and SyFy changes its mind and renews the show! SAVE STARGATE UNIVERSE!!!
Edited by stargate125645 - 2/11/11 at 2:58pm
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lets nuke it!
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...It is a sad day when ancient egyptian mythology being the inspiration for a name is mistaken for a tv show...
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How big is said asteroid?
250 meters wide
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Has been known for years.
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