There are several catastrophe movies that show a giant asteroid or comet colliding with Earth. Asteroids have fallen to Earth in the distant past, and it is believed that one such collision caused the vast majority of dinosaurs to disappear from the planet. One such dangerous asteroid, known as Apophis, will soon pass us by.
Its official designation is 99942 Apophis (2004 MN4) and it is one of the ten most dangerous to Earth. Apophis is the ancient Egyptian deity of chaos and darkness. According to scientists, it has about a 3% chance of colliding with our planet at close approach in 2029, which is very small. However, it will pass by Earth at a more distant distance next month, so the threat to us is even less.
Scientists believe Apophis is about ten times larger than the meteorite that exploded in Russia’s atmosphere in 2013. The European Space Agency says there is only one known asteroid with a one-in-100 chance of colliding with Earth, and it is not Apophis. Its designation is 2010 RF12, and it has a 7% chance of colliding with us in 2095.
On March 5 this year, Apophis will pass Earth within 16.8 million kilometers.