An asteroid will pass close to the Earth on April 13, 2029 and it may come back and hit us in 2036. NASA is trying to decide whether to try to tag the asteroid with a warning radio beacon before it hits. They may also try to nudge it out of its current path, so it will miss us. They only need to move it about half a mile out of its current orbit?something we know how to do. But they have to do the job before 2029, or else they?ll have to move it a distance as large as the diameter of the Earth, which is more than we?re capable of doing at the moment. At least we know it’s coming?or is it better not to know? NASA’s Donald Yeomans says, “Ten years ago, we would have been blissfully ignorant.”
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Newswise – An asteroid the size of three football fields is scheduledto zoom past Earth on Friday, April 13, 2029, coming closerto us than many telecommunications satellites in orbit. Itwill be visible to the naked eye in several countries, butit’s not likely that a large space rock like this one willactually hit the Earth, acccording to astronomer PerryGerakines, who says, “The odds that an asteroid of thismagnitude would impact the Earth are in the millions to one.Some NASA scientists say a particular person’s odds of beingaffected by an asteroid collision is comparable to those ofbeing in a major airline accident” so the asteroid impactthat wiped out the dinosaurs was a major piece of bad luck.
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According to some conspiracy theorists, the President wassupposed to make an announcement on Tuesday night that theworld was about to end. And the government supposedly shutdown awebsite that dared to break this news. Toutatis was going tobe captured by gravity and impact the Earth, ending all life. But as this is being written, Toutatis is passing byus without incident, the President has no plans to make asurprise announcement, and as for all the websites that werewhipping up Toutatis terror–well, the fun’s over, at leastfor a couple of hundred years.

No asteroid this large will come this close to the Earth forat least another hundred years, according to astronomers.Toutatis is, in fact, the biggest asteroid to come thisclose since astronomers have been watching them. read more

As usual, astronomers are reassuring us that the asteroidToutatis, which will be heading our way in September, won?timpact the Earth. And also as usual, warnings about animpending impact are flying across the internet. Who’stelling the truth?

Alan M. MacRobert writes in Sky & Telescope that whileastronomers insist it will be a flyby, 4179 Toutatis, whichwas first discovered in 1989 in France, will make itsclosest pass to Earth yet. On September 29, it will be theequivalent of four distances from the Earth to the Moon awayfrom our planet. This is a lot of space, but it’s also theclosest it’s been to us since 1353 and closest it will beuntil 2562.
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