April 13, 2036
That"s the day, it has been estimated, that the asteroid Apophis has a one in forty-five thousand chance of hitting the earth, with a power 65,000 times greater than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
Apophis, named after an Egyptian demon, the deification of darkness and chaos, will first pass near earth on Friday, April 13, 2029. It will pass within 30,000 km (18,600 mi) of the Earth, very briefly appearing as bright as 3rd magnitude star. To give you a sense of how close this is, we have geosynchronous communication satellites at 35,786 km. This asteroid will come closer to earth than those satellites.
We should get a better sense at that time if we are in sever danger, or just a close call.
1 in 45,000. Hmm. Some Internet numbers please...
There"s a 1 in 13,983,816 million chance of winning the lotto 649 here in Canada, still millions of people play it.
Dying from flesh-eating bacteria disease is 1 in 1 million
Being struck by lightening is 1 in 240,000
Kinda makes 1 in 45,000 a better bet.
Anyway, “They”? say that a direct hit on an urban area could unleash more destruction than Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake combined.
And a hit in the ocean would provide the sickest wave any narly surfer dude has ever ridden.
Boy, you go away for a week and the world falls apart.