A HUGE asteroid nicknamed the “God of Chaos” gains speed as it moves toward Earth, according to cautious experts.
The space rock has a potential impact date of 2068 and could cause an explosion the size of thousands of atomic bombs.
The asteroid is named after Apophis, the Egyptian god of chaos.
Astronomers at the University of Hawaii observed Apophis and recently found that it was accelerating on its way.
This is believed to be due to a process known as uneven radiation that pushes the asteroid along.
Experts have warned that there is a chance that the “God of Chaos” could affect the earth in the next 48 years.
New evidence suggests an April 12, 2068 impact is possible and could be catastrophic.
This is because the asteroid is over 1,213 feet wide.
That makes it taller than The Shard, the tallest building in Britain, which stands at just over 1,000 feet.
Apophis was discovered back in 2004.
Originally, an Earth impact of 2068 was considered impossible, but the uneven radiation effect on the asteroid is said to have changed that possibility.
However, there is no need to panic.
Nasa Sentry Risk Table estimates that the probability that the asteroid will hit Earth in 48 years is 150,000.
Dave Tholen, a researcher with the University of Hawaii Department of Astronomy, thinks the odds are even less.
According to Gizmodo, Tholen believes the odds of an impact by 2068 are closer to one in 530,000.
The asteroid, or comet, which struck Earth 66 million years ago and wiped out 75% of species including dinosaurs, is believed to be between 36,000 and 265,748 feet wide.
That is much bigger than Apophis.
Astronomers will continue to keep an eye on the giant space rock.
When it was first discovered, there were concerns that it had a 2.7% chance of hitting Earth in 2029.
Recent data suggests it will happen within 19,794 miles of Earth by the end of this decade.
What is the difference between an asteroid, a meteor and a comet?
Here’s What Nasa You Need To Know …
- Asteroid: An asteroid is a small rocky body that orbits the sun. Most are in the asteroid belt (between Mars and Jupiter), but they can be found anywhere (including on a path that can affect Earth).
- Meteoroid: When two asteroids meet, the little pieces that break off are called meteoroids
- Meteor: When a meteorite enters the earth’s atmosphere, it starts to evaporate and then becomes a meteor. On earth it looks like a streak of light in the sky because the stone is burning
- Meteorit: If a meteorite does not completely evaporate and survives the journey through the earth’s atmosphere, it can land on earth. At that point it becomes a meteorite
- Comet: A comet orbits the sun like asteroids. However, a comet isn’t mostly made up of rock, but rather contains a lot of ice and gas, which can cause amazing tails to form behind them (thanks to the evaporation of ice and dust).
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The NASA animation shows Apophis’ asteroid approaching the closest to Earth
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