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Asteroid Apophis

Asteroid Apophis:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has ruled out the possibility of the dreaded asteroid Apophis causing any damage to the Earth for the next 100 years.

  • Apophis is a near-Earth asteroid with a relatively large size (about 335 meters wide).
  • Named after the ancient Egyptian god of chaos and darkness, it was discovered in 2004, after which NASA had said that it was one of the asteroids that posed the greatest threat to Earth.
  • Apophis was predicted to come threateningly close to us in the years 2029 and 2036, but NASA later ruled these events out.
  • However, there were still fears about a possible collision in 2068.