A 1,110-foot-wide asteroid named after the Egyptian god of chaos will fly by Earth in 2029, in the distance of some spacecraft, according to reports.
The asteroid, 99942 Apophis, will reach 19,000 miles from Earth on April 13 in a decade, but scientists at the Planetary Defense Conference are already preparing for the meeting, Newsweek reported. They plan to discuss the effects of the asteroid on Earth's gravity, potential research opportunities and even how to divert an asteroid that enters a theoretical scenario.
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Scientists say most of the asteroids that pass near Earth are no more than nine meters wide, making Apophis, whose name is an Egyptian god of chaos, a rare research opportunity.
The asteroid will be visible to the naked eye and will resemble a moving point of light, according to NASA. It will pass through the United States early in the evening, according to WUSA 9.
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Apophis was discovered in 2004 and, after tracing it for 15 years, scientists say the asteroid has a 100,000 chance of reaching Earth's decades into the future – after 2060, according to Newsweek.