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NASA Confirms Earth Is Safe From Asteroid Smash For Next 100 Years

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NASA Confirms Earth Is Safe From Asteroid Smash For Next 100 Years

Good news, guys - NASA has confirmed that the Earth won't be hit by a particular asteroid for at least the next 100 years.

Now if we can just sort out everything that's going wrong on Earth we'll be all set.

The US space agency has assuaged fears that Apophis - a 1,100ft asteroid named after the Egyptian god of chaos - will whack into the planet at some point in the future.

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NASA has previously said the asteroid won't hit in 2029 or 2036 and has now released new information to say that it won't be smacking into us in 2068, either.

New radar observations have ruled out any danger of the asteroid hitting us in the next century, which is good to know, isn't it?

Davide Farnocchia from NASA's brilliantly named Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies said: "A 2068 impact is not in the realm of possibility any more, and our calculations don't show any impact risk for at least the next 100 years.

Credit: Nasa
Credit: Nasa
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"With the support of recent optical observations and additional radar observations, the uncertainty in Apophis' orbit has collapsed from hundreds of kilometres to just a handful of kilometres when projected to 2029.

"This greatly improved knowledge of its position in 2029 provides more certainty of its future motion, so we can now remove Apophis from the risk list."

He added: "When I started working with asteroids after college, Apophis was the poster child for hazardous asteroids.

"There's a certain sense of satisfaction to see it removed from the risk list."

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The 'near-Earth' asteroid was first discovered in 2004 by astronomers Roy Tucker, David Tholen and Fabrizio Bernardi at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona.

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Topics: Interesting, Nasa, space

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