There is no risk of Earth colliding with asteroids in the next 100 years, the US space agency NASA said.
Scientists have determined that there is no threat of a collision of the asteroid Apophis with the Earth. At first, it was expected in 2029, after the researchers changed their minds and announced that it would happen in 2068. In the course of recent observations, it turned out that Apophis made another flight at a distance of 17 million kilometers from Earth. Such data indicate the impossibility of any collision with a cosmic body.
“A collision in 2068 is no longer likely, and our calculations show no risk of collision for at least the next 100 years,” said David Farnokchia, spokesman for NASA’s Near-Earth Objects Center.
He also noted that the uncertainty of Apophis’s orbit has decreased from hundreds of kilometers to several kilometers according to forecasts for 2029.
Earlier it became known about the approach to the Earth of the potentially dangerous asteroid 2001 FO32. He flew past the Earth on March 21 and approached a distance of two million kilometers.