Astronomer from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, Dave Thulin, conducted a study of the flight path of the large asteroid “Apophis”, considering that In the future, a space object will pass very close to Earth. He confirmed that the asteroid is gaining faster due to inhomogeneous thermal radiation – the so-called Yarkovsky effect. The American Astronomical Society was also informed of the results of the study.
According to astronomers’ predictions, a possible collision could occur in 2068. As It is believed that on April 13, 2029, the asteroid can be seen in the sky with the naked eye, according to the website Astronews.
We note that in the past, astronomers were not aware of the impact of Yarkovsky on the asteroid and denied the possibility of a collision.
As for the details about the asteroid, Apophis moves, according to scientists, from its gravitational orbit by 170 meters per year, which increases the possibility of colliding with our planet. The asteroid “Apophis” has a diameter of 370 meters, is made of iron and weighs 20 million tons, and follows a path close to the Earth’s path, which it meets twice in its cycle, which crosses it at a speed of 5 km / second.
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