An asteroid considered to be the largest threat to Earth may strike the planet within the next 25 years, according to Russian astronomers.
Scientists at St Petersburg State University have predicted that asteroid Apophis may hit Earth on April 13, 2036.
"Apophis will approach Earth at a distance of 37,000-38,000km on April 13, 2029. Its likely collision with Earth may occur on April 13, 2036," Professor Leonid Solokov said.
The chance of the asteroid striking Earth intact is slim as it will probably disintegrate into smaller pieces and hit the planet at various times.
But if the asteroid does collide with Earth, NASA estimates the energy from this particular asteroid to be roughly the same as hundreds of nuclear bombs.
However, they have recently released new research which shows the chance of Apophis striking in 2036 to be less than 1 in 45,000.
But astronomers say it is best to be prepared for all situations.
"Our task is to consider various alternatives and develop scenarios and plans of action depending on results of further observations of Apophis," Sokolov said.
Russia's space agency is currently considering a project to prevent the asteroid from colliding with Earth.
10 Feb 2011
Literally within every generation there is scare mongering as to the END of the WORLD scenarios.
In the early 1900's religious sects brainwashed their sheep that the end of the world is coming, and since their world possessions are not needed they must be handed over to the sect.
The Egyptians knew precisely when eclipses were to occur, and gathered the masses to say the 'Gods' were taking away the sun, as the sheep were disobedient. Sacrifices and worldly possessions had to be handed over to the people in power in order to restore the sun.
Education was kept away from the masses.
Similarly in this day and age, there is world spread of imminent disaster.
Historical and geographical evidence, may certainly point to cataclysms and natural disasters which sometimes leave humanity on the verge of extinction, BUT taking into account the laws of probability, there is a very minute chance that the end of humanity will occur within our lifetime of approx 75 year period compared to the age of the Earth or even the time frame between Ice Ages.
Another tactic used to instill fear into the mindless masses which has been done by authorities since the beginning only differing in content.