Researchers from NASA have identified a “planet killer” space object, dubbed 99942 Apophis. They started to think of ways to diminish possible disasters from such a massive asteroid. It gets close to us at a speed of 67,000mph, according to NASA measurements. 99942 Apophis is expected to pass our planet on April 13, 2029. It’s considered as a “planet killer” due to its close approach to Earth.
99942 Apophis Details
MIT researchers came up with a different plan for being more confident. They think 99942 Apophis won’t hit the planet, as NASA reported. All sorts of debris and gravity influence the trajectory of the space object. While some of the best minds from science work at NASA, forecasting space objects’ paths, such as 99942 Apophis’s, is very unpredictable.
The chances could vary every time, and we can’t get an accurate result. However, there is still some hope, as researchers try to do everything to prevent a disaster in case it does. MIT scientists released a statement recently saying: “On April 13, 2029, an icy chunk of space rock, wider than the Eiffel Tower is tall, will streak by Earth at 30 kilometers per second, grazing the planet’s sphere of geostationary satellites.”
The 99942 Apophis is estimated to be the closest approach by one of the most massive asteroids passing our planet’s orbit in the following decade. If it will hit our planet, it would bring massive destruction due to its size and speed.
What We Should Expect
Until now, the prevention techniques comprised utilizing something dubbed “kinetic impactor” thrown into space to redirect the asteroid. There is also the possibility of sending a “scout” first to collect measurements so that a missile can be utilized precisely. Such a method came after researchers have begun using AI to forecast and locate space objects. So far, AI has foretold 11 killer asteroids that could crash into our planet.