"Asteroid-killer" Apophis, which was one of the most dangerous space objects for the Earth, is excluded from the list of celestial bodies that threaten the planet. Vyacheslav Avdeev, an employee of the Astro Space Center of the Physics Institute of the Academy of Sciences, spoke about this.
“It turned out that they were afraid in vain. In 2029, Apophis will not collide with us, but it will pass quite close. It is not dangerous, and it was removed from the list of the 20 most dangerous asteroids,”the scientist said.
Nevertheless, scientists continue to monitor Apophis. It is predicted that in 2029 it will pass from the Earth at a distance of 31 thousand kilometers, where geostationary satellites are located.
“The object is stretched out like a loaf of white bread. It is almost 400 meters long. It will be visible in the sky as a third magnitude star. This is slightly weaker than the stars of the Big Dipper's bucket,”explained Avdeev.
On the night of April 13-14, 2029, it will be possible to observe a large asteroid.
Apophis was opened in 2004. Calculations showed that the probability of an asteroid colliding with the Earth is 2.7%. The celestial body was named after the ancient Egyptian god of evil and destruction. Then scientists ruled out this threat. In addition, in 2068, Apophis may also pass close to Earth, but a collision is unlikely.