NASA: Earth safe from asteroid strike for next 100 years

NASA: Earth safe from asteroid strike for next 100 years
Asteroid (Image: NASA)

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Earth is safe from a potential calamity-causing asteroid for the next 100 years, NASA announced on Friday.

The announcement clears up fears that had lingered since 2004, when the asteroid 9942 Apophis was identified as one of the most hazardous potential asteroids that could strike the planet. However, this has now been ruled out thanks to a growing understanding of the asteroid and its orbit by astronomers, as well as new radar observations using precise orbit analysis. …

[T]he asteroid was set to veer close to the planet in 2029. Later assessments pushed back this date to 2036, and again until 2068. Now, there is a high degree of confidence among astronomers that there is no chance of it impacting Earth.

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“A 2068 impact is not in the realm of possibility anymore, and our calculations don’t show any impact risk for at least the next 100 years,” said Davide Farnocchia of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), which is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

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