Monday, April 25, 2011

Apophis: The Asteroid Nested in Uncertainty

Author: John Lake

April is an important month for those concerned or perhaps obsessed with the asteroid Apophis, the “Serpent that dwells in darkness.” In 2002, following the discovery of the fate-laden space traveler, it was thought that an impact of the asteroid with Earth was probable; scientists were recalling the end days of the giant dinosaurs that once walked the Earth. In the years since then the potential for impact has been studied and is now considerably lower; basically the figure is about 2% to 3%; even lower probabilities have been seen in reliable media.


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