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Armageddon 2036: Book for a Vacation to Mars when Nova Asteroid will Rock our World July 31, 2006

Posted by ionicflux in News, Science.

You might want to book your vacation now for Mars in 2036 when “Nova” Asteroid will rock our World. ‘Nova’ asteroid could rock your world in ’36 It wasn’t quite Chicken Little warning that the sky was falling, but astrophysicist and PBS “Origins” star Neil deGrasse Tyson yesterday warned TV writers that an asteroid is coming – very, very close to Earth.

A projected trajectory shows the asteroid, Apophis (named for the Egyptian god of death and darkness), will come very close to our planet in 2029, and have a chance of hitting Earth on its next pass in 2036.If it hits, the impact would equal asteroid2.jpgthe force of 100 nuclear bombs, said Tyson, the new host of “Nova scienceNOW.” The show will devote a segment of its Oct. 3 season premiere to “doomsday asteroids.”Tyson says we have plenty of time to act, react and reassess. “In 2029,” Tyson said, “on Friday the 13th in April, Apophis is a certainty to come closer to Earth than our communications satellites. It’ll be the largest thing to come that close in recorded history … and depending on that trajectory, will determine whether it will hit us seven years later.”Apollo 9 astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, an advocate of organizing to prepare for such threats, said new data put the odds of a strike at 1 in 38,000. That’s still enough, he said, to take the situation seriously.
Is there good news in this asteroid doomsday scenario? Yes and no. “Apophis, if it hits, will not contribute to global warning,” Tyson predicted. “It’ll just wipe out the entire West Coast of North America.”



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