Thursday, December 08, 2005

Apophis

A 390-meter wide asteroid, Apophis, has a considerable probability of colliding with the Earth in 2036. Such a collision would "would release more than 100,000 times the energy released in the nuclear blast over Hiroshima. Thousands of square kilometres would be directly affected by the blast but the whole of the Earth would see the effects of the dust released into the atmosphere."

This is not as bad as the catastrophe caused by the collision of a 10 Km wide asteroid with Earth 65 million years ago, which lead to the extinction of dinossaurs and most other organisms on the planet in a question of hours. Still, you'll have to agree that it's pretty bad.

Read what's being done about it here.

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