The current approach of Asteroid Apophis is important as it gives experts the chance to examine it and assess how great the risk to us is in 2036.
- This is not the first time Apophis has approached earth, discovered in 2004 by astronomers, Apophis was calculated at the time to have a one in forty five chance of it hitting the Earth in 2029
- Improved prediction models have eliminated those concerns, but there still is a chance Apophis could impact Earth sometime in the distant future, perhaps as soon as 2036
- This time, the asteroid will pass within nine million miles from the Earth, according to NASA, this is close enough that the asteroid was designated a "potentially hazardous" asteroid
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