The Apophis asteroid just narrowly missed Earth, by NASA's standards, this past week, but there is danger on the way in 2032. Well, I4U reported on Oct. 19, 2013, that the 2032 asteroid also known as 2013 TV135 also known as the Apophis asteroid will be back near our planet in 19 years and there is a very slim chance it could hit Earth, but not a big one at all.
Yet, some astronomers are still saying not to brush off the possibility or danger that could be ahead.
"To put it another way, that puts the current probability of no impact in 2032 at about 99.998 percent," Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said Thursday in a statement. "This is a relatively new discovery. With more observations, I fully expect we will be able to significantly reduce, or rule out entirely, any impact probability for the foreseeable future."
The exact date that some researchers are looking at is Aug. 26, 2032. That is, of course, if it were to collide with Earth which is now a one in 63,000 chance.
Astronomers believe that they'll be able to rule out, almost to a 100% chance, that Earth will be in any danger in the future.
It was a sight to behold the other day as scientists, researchers, astronomers, and others watched as the asteroid came about 4.2 million miles within the span of Earth. That may not seem close, but it is one of the closest larger-sized asteroids that have even appeared on the danger radar in recent years.
As of now, astronomers don't want anyone to fear the Apophis asteroid that is likely to orbit back this way in 2032, but don't forget about it either.