This One Missed But Asteroid Apophis To Hit Earth April 13 2036?

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You know that Prince song that says “say, say 2000 zero zero parties over, oops out of time.”  Well that’s the song we’ll be singing on April 12th 2036. Some Russian astronomers are recalculating Asteroid Apophis’s trajectory and now say that there is a strong possibility that it will slam into Earth on April 13th, 2036. The name Apophis was given to this asteroid, named after the Egyptian god Apep, aka “The Uncreator”.

Professor Leonid Sokolov of the Petersburg State University was quoted as saying, “Apophis will approach Earth at a distance of 37,000 to 38,000 kilometers on April 13, 2029. Its likely collision with Earth may occur on April 13, 2036,” during an  interview with Russian state television and broadcast by the Russian RIA Novosti News.

Everyday more and more astronomers are waking up to the idea that perhaps the Earth is in danger.  From this a summit will be held in July to discuss joining forces against these potential hazardous asteroids. Which means that they are pretty much predicting the end of the world, or the end of mankind. Could be a good time to take out a 30 year bank-note, or take a long lease on a Ferrari.

Well, it’s been fun. if they’re right, it won’t be pretty. Some scientist say that the asteroid’s orbit is almost the same as the Earths. How crazy will it be to actually live out the movie Armageddon. For more on the story, check out our friends at [DeepSpace]

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Scott St. John

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11 Responses to This One Missed But Asteroid Apophis To Hit Earth April 13 2036?

  1. Gisli Heimisson November 9, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    I had to comment on this. “some scientist say that the asteroid is almost the size of the Earth”. Really? It’s about 350m in diameter. And chances of hitting earth are minimal. And if it did it would not be the end of the earth. Compared to the asteroid that may have had a hand in the extinction of dinosaurs, Apophis is believed to be about 510 megatons TNT, whereas the Chicxulub impact (the dinosaur killer) was believed to be 100.000.000 megatons TNT. (resources: Wikipedia)

    • Marty February 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      Gisli, You need to read more carefully before posting. The quote is ” some scientist(s) say that the ORBIT is about the size of the earth’s” . ORBIT not size.

    • Markm January 30, 2013 at 7:26 am #

      WELL SAID !

  2. Scott St. John
    Scott St. John November 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Gisli, You are correct, Apophis orbit is the size of the Earth, but there are a large number of scientist that are saying the chances of it hitting Earth are more than minimal. Thanks for the comment.

  3. jo November 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    You mean it’s orbit around the sun is about the same as the earths?

    Which has nothing to do with it’s size?

  4. Huns November 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    According to the article you cited as your source, the chance of Apophis striking Earth is about 1 in 48,000. How is a 1 in 48,000 chance the kind of certainty you need to have an article title stating that it’s “To Hit Earth”?

    • Ed Rodfree November 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      Does the question mark in the title make you happy?

      As stated in the article – “Some Russian astronomers are recalculating Asteroid Apophis’s trajectory and now say that there is a strong possibility that it will slam into Earth on April 13th, 2036.”
      As stated in the source – Right now, it stands at 1-in-48,000. One more time: Whew. Just for reference, there is a 1-in-354,319 chance that you’ll be killed in an airplane accident.

      I think that makes it “a strong possibility”, no?

      • Markm August 8, 2012 at 10:06 am #

        NO !!
        A one in 5 or maybe 10 is a STRONG POSSIBILITY!

  5. Scott St. John
    Scott St. John November 9, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    What we were trying to say in the article is that some Russian astronomers are predicting a higher probabilty of Apophis hitting the Earth. NASA has come out and said that the Russians are wrong and their calculations are off. Some astronomers are saying they are waiting until 2013 when the asteroid makes another pass by our planet. Let’s wait and see.

  6. Markm August 8, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    I agree.

  7. captain obvious September 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Now that the 2012 end of the world event is only months away we need another bigger badder end of the world doomsday for people to piss their pants to for the next twenty years