You know how there’s a millennial trend of wishing the Earth was destroyed and everyone died? Yes, it’s weird, but it did exist. Well, it seems like their wish came true but only thing is they need to wait for a few years.
We could all meet the same fate of the dinosaurs. Researchers at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA) have identified an asteroid that is expected to expected to closely pass Earth. The asteroid, dubbed ‘Apophis,’ is 1,120-foot-wide (340-meter-wide) asteroid, about the size of three-and-a-half football fields.
Why should we be worried?
The asteroid will reportedly be pulled towards our planet thanks to a phenomenon called the Yarkovsky effect. It was first discovered back in 2004, and was determined to not pose any danger. But scientists are no longer confident after they discovered the Yarkovsky effect is acting on Apophis.
“All asteroids need to reradiate as heat the energy they absorb from sunlight in order to maintain thermal equilibrium, a process that slightly changes the orbit of the asteroid,” they wrote.
The rock will soon be visible to Earth inhabitants. On April 13, 2029, the 300-metre Apophis can be seen by the unaided eye as it passes within the belt of communications satellites orbiting the Earth.
Last year, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has predicted the oncoming rock, and criticized the world’s lack of defensive efforts.
Musk took to Twitter to mock the lack of defense by replying to Joe Rogan’s tweet.
“Great name! Wouldn’t worry about this particular one, but a big rock will hit Earth eventually & we currently have no defense,” he wrote.
Great name! Wouldn’t worry about this particular one, but a big rock will hit Earth eventually & we currently have no defense. https://t.co/XhY8uoNNax
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 18, 2019
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