It’s name is “God of Chaos (99942 Apophis), after the Ancient Egyptian god of evil.” It’s a 370-meter asteroid which could collide with the Earth with the power of 65,000 Hiroshima nuclear bombs, one day.
It could crash into Earth in 2029 or 2036. NASA predicts the asteroid has a one in 45,000 chance of hitting the Earth on April 13th, 2029. Another close flyby expected in 2068 is being observed as “the most dangerous”. Images of Apophis were taken over a week long period by NASA telescopes at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the Pan-STARRS observatories. If the 27billion kg asteroid were to hit Earth, scientists at the Observatory of Turin in Italy calculate that it would leave a crater over a mile wide and a staggering 518 meters deep. That could destroy many nations or in the worst-case scenario the whole humanity.
A study from the Department of Celestial Mechanics at St Petersburg State University warned: “The [asteroid’s] approach causes a significant scattering of possible trajectories, among them trajectories indicating convergence in 2051. Only some luck would help us, scientists say. Dinosaurs were all but wiped out when an asteroid believed to have been between 10-15 kilometers wide came crashing into what is now Mexico 66 million years ago.