Asteroid Apophis - we know when it will hit, say Russian scientists. If it hits...
GOT your bucket list ready? The date for Armageddon has been set, and it's not going to happen in 2012.
That's according to Russian scientists who claim they know the exact day asteroid Apophis is most likely to hit the Earth.
If you were born on April 13, plan your biggest party for the year 2036.
"Apophis will approach Earth at a distance of 37,000-38,000 kilometers on April 13, 2029," Professor Leonid Sokolov of the St. Petersburg State University told Ria Novosti.
"Its likely collision with Earth may occur on April 13, 2036."
You might have noticed he used the word "may".
Asteroid 99942 Apophis was first discovered to be in the Earth's impact zone back in 2004, and at roughly 300m wide, is estimated to be able to hit the Earth with the force equivalent to somewhere around two Krakatoas.
Doomsday Apophis asteroid? Could the Earth be on a collision course?
By Melissa Bell
A new report from Russia seems to indicate that the Mayans were off by just 24 years. According to Russian scientists, in the year 2036, the Apophis asteroid and the Earth may have a date to meet.
The report came from UPI, saying that Leonid Sokolov of St. Petersburg State University estimated the asteroid will hit the planet on April 13, 2036. The asteroid has made headlines before as scientists have been keeping a wary eye on the rock two football fields in size hurtling through space since its discovery in 2004.
But, much like the Zodiac panic of 2011, the asteroid news may be creating a ruckus for nothing. NASA says the likelihood of a collision is only 1-in-250,000.
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