Apophis asteroid will not hit Earth in 2036

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 06:20 hrs

The 300m-wide Apophis asteroid, which was set to strike Earth on 13 April 2036, will fly pass our planet, US astronomers have claimed.

It was thought there was a one-in-200,000 chance that it could hit Earth, but revised calculations have now ruled this out, the BBC reported.

Instead, NASA scientists said it would not get closer than 31,000km as it flies past on this date.

They were able to study the rocky mass as it made a relatively close approach above our planet, allowing them to better assess its future threat.

"Radar data we have collected over the past couple of weeks have completely excluded any chance of impact in 2036. Furthermore, we can now precisely predict its trajectory decades into the future," Marina Brozovic of the Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory told the BBC Stargazing Live programme.

If an asteroid of this size did smash into Earth, it would strike with the energy of about 100 of our largest nuclear bombs. (ANI)

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