Home » News & Blogs » Scientists Pumped About Close Flyby Of Asteroid Apophis On April 13, 2029
Bookmark and Share
Astro Bob

Scientists Pumped About Close Flyby Of Asteroid Apophis On April 13, 2029

1 May 2019, 16:45 UTC
Scientists Pumped About Close Flyby Of Asteroid Apophis On April 13, 2029
(200 words excerpt, click title or image to see full post)

This animation shows the distance between the Apophis asteroid and Earth at the time of the asteroid’s closest approach. The blue dots are the many man-made satellites that orbit our planet, and the pink represents the International Space Station. NASA / JPL-Caltech
It may be Friday the 13th, but for astronomers it will be a lucky day. On April 13, 2029, a speck of light will streak across the sky, getting brighter and faster. At one point it will travel more than the width of the full moon within a minute and get as magnitude 3.7, equal to the stars in the bucket of the Little Dipper. But don’t expect a satellite or an airplane. Instead, if we’re all still lucky enough to still be around, we’ll witness the dramatic flyby of the asteroid 99942 Apophis.
The 1,100-foot-wide (340 meters) near-Earth asteroid will zip harmlessly by Earth only 19,000 miles (31,000 km) above the surface. That’s within the distance that some of our spacecraft that orbit Earth. Hoping to make the most of the opportunity, scientists at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Maryland, sat down to talk over options — from telescopic observing to sending a spacecraft ...

Latest Vodcast

Latest Podcast

Advertise PTTU

NASA Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

astronomy_pod