Apophis will hit the Earth in 2036.
Asteroid Apophis has returned again to media attention after a Russian study is released on how to that known asteroid could hit the Earth in the 2036th year. Moreover in the above mentioned Russian study, which author is Professor Leonid Sokolov, the State University St. Petersburg, said even the date of possible hits Earth. That date is 13 April 2036. year, according to news agency RIA News.
Sokolov said that while the chances of a close encounter of Apophis and Earth are very small, it is important to plan for all possible scenarios. He added that it is very likely that the asteroid could disintegrate into smaller pieces in the universe, which would then be able to hit the Earth. Apophis is an asteroid or the size of two football fields.
Apophis was first attracted public attention for the 2009. year, when scientists determined that there is a probability greater than two percent of its collision with Earth.
NASA scientists are cautious about Sokolov’s claim, but believe that there is no reason for alarm. ‘Technically, you are correct and there is a chance that in 2036. it hit the Earth, “said Donald Yeomans, head of NASA’s Office of Near-Earth Object Program. He added that we should not panic too much because the chances of that scenario are 1:250.000.