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Huge asteroid will be about 10 years flies past Earth shave
Science-The Earth gets about 10 years, the visit of a huge asteroid. Apophis – named after the Egyptian god of chaos – with a diameter of 340 metres taller than the eiffel tower and will give us at a distance of 31,000 kilometers pass. That might seem far, but in astronomical terms that is ‘right’. More than that, it is the height at which some of our satellites orbit the Earth. According to NASA, the chance of a strike, however ‘minimal’.

april 13, 2029 is the day that it will happen. Who, then, look at the sky, Apophis even without a telescope can see. As a point of light that is becoming brighter and faster will be, and the heaven will be ringing. According to NASA – that, the likelihood that it is ever a strike, is estimated at less than 1 in 100,000 – it is an opportunity to have such a large body of very close study. The most Earth asteroids are much smaller.

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The NASA spread this week an animation of the passage of Apophis. That is how to see the asteroid comes closer than some of our satellites, which orbit the Earth (referred to as blue dots), but not yet in the near of the international space station (shown as a purple dot). The ISS flies at an altitude of about 400 kilometers. the


“The passage of Apophis in 2029 is in any case a tremendous opportunity for science,” says Marina Brozovic, a radarwetenschapper of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. She is concerned with the study of space objects in the vicinity of the Earth by means of radars. “We will have to Apophis to study with optical telescopes and radartelescopen. With that last, we will detail can be seen on the surface of the asteroid from only a few meters in size.”

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