Earth might see a narrow escape in 2029

27 December 2004 | 11:36 Code : 4583 Geoscience events
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We have seen it all in the movies. Asteroids coming towards the earth promising devastation of the kind we have experienced before.

We have seen it all in the movies. Asteroids coming towards the earth promising devastation of the kind we have experienced before. And they all have been tackled by one mean or the other. However, in reality it might not be it as now Earth has a potential close encounter set with a massive 1300 feet long asteroid. It has been named 2004 MN4 and has a small chance of collision with the planet earth in the year 2029.

This asteroid was originally rated two out of 10 on the Torino Impact Hazard Scale, which is used to rate possibilities of collision of earth with a heavenly body. This was serious enough, as no other asteroids have been given more than one rating in the past. NASA told the media about the latest reports they gathered: “2004 MN4 is now being tracked very carefully by many astronomers around the world, and we continue to update our risk analysis for this object. Today’s impact monitoring results indicate that the impact probability for April 13, 2029 has risen to about 1.6%, which for an object of this size corresponds to a rating of 4 on the ten-point Torino Scale. Nevertheless, the odds against impact are still high, about 60 to 1, meaning that there is a better than 98% chance that new data in the coming days, weeks, and months will rule out any possibility of impact in 2029.”

2004 MN4 is said to be bigger than the asteroids, which created the Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona. It is even bigger than the one that exploded in Siberia in the early 1900s. NASA says the asteroid if it hits the earth would cause considerable damage but not on a global level.


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