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(99942) Apophis, Greek name of Apep - the Egyptian god of evil and destruction,
was discovered by R.A Tucker, D.J. Tholen and F. Bernardi on June 19, 2004 at
Kitt Peak (code 695).
Observed only two nights it was rediscovered on December 18, 2004 at
Siding Spring Survey (code E12).
Herschel Space Observatory made the first thermal infrared observations of this asteroid returning a more precise diameter of 325 +/- 15 m.
The following results computed at Sormano Observatory on Dec. 2, 2014 using a software developed at Sormano and OrbFit 4.2 (OrbFit Software Package - Univ. of Pisa Italy), are based on 13 radar delay, 7 Doppler and 4182 optical observations from March 15, 2004 to February 26, 2014.
According to our computations, Apophis will pass at a nominal distance of 38315 Km (about 32000 Km from Earth's surface) on April 13, 2029 at 21h 45.1min UT, about 8 minutes before its passage at the MOID point. (see the below diagrams)
|Date (UT)||Nominal Distance (AU)||Min possible distance (AU)||Max possible distance (AU)|
For more details see our lists:
TECA - Table of Asteroids Next Closest Approaches to the Earth
TAM - Table of Asteroids Next Closest Approaches to the Moon
MBPL - Minor Body Priority List ( Asteroids with H < = 22.0 )
The diagrams below show Apophis's path in reference to the Earth - Moon system as follows:
See the BBC Online article (March 25, 2010) "Cuts cast doubt on asteroid plan"
For more information please see JPL reference:
NEODYS summary page:
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