You know it’s not good news when NASA says there is a possibility that a space rock will impact planet Earth, and more when it’s huge. The asteroid that can rush to Earth and that is larger than the Eiffel Tower is called Asteroid Apophis, in honor of the Egyptian god of chaos.
Its trajectory shows that it travels about 31,000 km over the surface of the Earth, and there is a possibility that it will pass near its surface.
To put it in perspective, it is possible that the asteroid will pass near the communication and meteorological satellites in orbit, traveling at more than 40,000 km / h when it passes Earth.
And in the event that the Asteroid Apophis of 27 billion kg hits the Earth, it could create a crater 1.6 km wide and 518 meters deep.
The impact would be equal to 880 million tons of TNT. All very disturbing, right? However, the only person who is not worried is the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, who has already announced that if a massive asteroid hits the Earth, we cannot do anything about it. But now a group of scientists has calculated the impact date.
The true danger of Asteroid Apophis
NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has long been warning that Apophis is a potentially dangerous asteroid found in our solar system.
Although the US space agency has predicted the odds of a four-in-a-million collision during its near passage in 2036, some conspiracy theorists believe that the real dangers of this murderous space body have not been foreseen.
As reported by the British newspaper Daily Express, scientist Michael Horn reveals that NASA has been completely wrong in studying the trajectory of the asteroid Apophis, and argues that a possible collision with space rock hazards may occur within the next ten years.
Horn says the asteroid can impact our planet in an area between the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Black Sea, located between Eastern Europe and Western Asia
“Apophis will hit Earth on April 13, 2029, or April 2036 if it does not deviate, ” Horn told the Daily Express. “ asteroid Apophis, with certainty, will impact the Earth between the North Sea and the Black Sea on April 13, 2029, less within 10 years or on April 13, 2036. I have a lot of information that we have corroborated to date with more than 250 specific examples of what I would like to call prophetically accurate scientific information from the source. ”
Horn also claimed that former NASA aerospace engineer Matthew Wieczkiwwicz and mathematician Harry Lear are key members of his research team.
In 2013, NASA calculated that asteroid Apophis would not impact Earth. They ruled out the possibility of an impact in 2036. They considered that the probabilities of the impact of the great space rock are less than one in a million, so the only interest is purely scientific.
But they also made it clear that on April 13, 2029, the passage of the asteroid Apophis will enter history due to how close the object of our planet will be.
It can be observed with optical telescopes and radar. With radar observations, they can check their surface a few meters in size.
Will NASA protect us using a planetary defense weapon?
NASA constantly tells us that we should not worry about the danger of asteroids, as it has been developing a planetary defense weapon for years to protect the Earth from the threats of space. The main objective of this weapon is to divert the asteroids from their original collision course trajectory so that these space bodies quickly pass Earth without triggering a true apocalypse.
However, some experts believe that this planetary defense weapon will not work when it comes to fighting large asteroids such as Apophis. According to these experts, bombing the asteroid is the only way to protect the Earth if giant space bodies approach. But, attacking the asteroids will cause radioactive rain that will cause another type of devastation.