NASA is started preparing for the arrival of a huge asteroid named the “God of Chaos” that will skirt past Earth in the year 2029.On 13 April 2029, people who’d look at the sky will see a speck of light streaking across it, which will quickly get brighter and faster. It will travel so fast that it will cross the width of the Moon almost in a minute and look as bright as stars in the sky.
Scientists have named the rock Apophis, after the Egyptian god of chaos.
It will be a huge asteroid, 340 meters across, that Nasa is already preparing to watch as it passes by Earth. The space agency says that it will fly far enough away as to be harmless – at a distance of 19,000 miles, but that is as close as some of the spacecraft that flies past Earth.
It’s way too rare for asteroids of this size to pass by so close. Scientists have seen smaller asteroids at a closer distance, but something of such a gigantic size is way too fewer in number, Nasa said.
“The Apophis close approach in 2029 will be an incredible opportunity for science,” said Marina Brozović, a radar scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who works on radar observations of near-Earth objects (NEOs). “We’ll observe the asteroid with both optical and radar telescopes. With radar observations, we might be able to see surface details that are only a few meters in size.”
One can see it with naked eyes when it arrives first in the night sky over the Southern Hemisphere, shooting across the east coast to the west coast of Australia. It will travel over the entire world, crossing the Indian Ocean on its way to the US.
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