Attack of the Killer Asteroid

In the following video, astrophysicist Neal deGrasse Tyson predicts that Apophis, a near-Earth asteroid named after an evil demon in Egyptian mythology, may collide with Earth in April 2029, plunging into the Pacific, and creating a tsunami that would “ablates the entire coastline, wiping it clean of all traces of civilization.” Now, that’s a cheerful way to start a Monday morning, isn’t it?

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10 Responses to Attack of the Killer Asteroid

  1. Um, this is pretty old news. The current estimates of the probability of Apophis colliding with earth is 1 in 45000 (at first, in 2004, it was up to 2.7%). So I guess we won’t go down by asteroid just yet. Phew. :)

  2. Um, this is pretty old news. The current estimates of the probability of Apophis colliding with earth is 1 in 45000 (at first, in 2004, it was up to 2.7%). So I guess we won't go down by asteroid just yet. Phew. :)

  3. Actually, 2036 is more plausible than 2029 with the data at hand.

    I’ve been running a countdown of doom for several months at my workplace, counting down to the day of the possible crash. Today is D-9969!

  4. Actually, 2036 is more plausible than 2029 with the data at hand.

    I've been running a countdown of doom for several months at my workplace, counting down to the day of the possible crash. Today is D-9969!

  5. Asteroids can be deflected with mass drivers that are actually nuclear engines that ground and heat up the asteroid’s mass and spit it out like a rocket engine.

    Check out the ‘simulation’ I made (ok, it’s a java game, but it’s fun) in the URL

  6. Asteroids can be deflected with mass drivers that are actually nuclear engines that ground and heat up the asteroid's mass and spit it out like a rocket engine.

    Check out the 'simulation' I made (ok, it's a java game, but it's fun) in the URL

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