The Apophis Asteroid: What You Need To Know

UPDATE: In January 2013, NASA confirmed that Apophis WILL NOT hit Earth in 2036. For more watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id3yvnazVzM For some reason, http://deepastronomy.com went crazy with traffic over searches for the Apophis asteroid.

489521 Views | Published on 11th Feb, 2011

UPDATE: In January 2013, NASA confirmed that Apophis WILL NOT hit Earth in 2036. For more watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id3yvnazVzM

For some reason, http://deepastronomy.com went crazy with traffic over searches for the Apophis asteroid. This prompted me to make this video since it had been several years since I had written the article and wanted to provide a little more updated information.

Not much has been learned since because of where Apophis is, which is very close to the Sun with respect to us. Later this year marks the time when we will begin to get a good enough angle to be able to take more precise observations.

What we really want to know is: will Apophis go through the 'Keyhole'? If so, then we may be in for a very bad day on Sunday, April 13th 2036.

Here's the article that started this:
http://www.deepastronomy.com/apophis-asteroid-could-hit-earth.html

Here is a link to the orbit applet I used for the video so you can play with it yourself:
http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=apophis;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb

Also, NASA's updated Apophis page:
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/oct/HQ_09-232_Apophis_Update.html

Music used:
http://www.archive.org/details/foot038

The Spirit Legendz track was purchased from Stockmusic.net

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