In 2029, the earth would face a situation very similar to the events that were depicted in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Armageddon’ directed by Michael Bay. If the calculations made by NASA is right, an asteroid dubbed 99942 Apophis measuring 340 meters in diameter will pass within just 19,000 miles of earth’s surface. Even though 19,000 miles may seem quite huge per human standards, it is a very short distance in astronomical terms and a slight change in trajectory could bring about catastrophic effects on a global scale.
Shockingly, this asteroid popularly called as ‘God of Chaos’, will be closer to earth than communication satellites during its close flyby. It should be noted that most of the satellites in earth’s orbit are orbiting 36,000 miles away from the planet. Initial analysis suggests that the asteroid is currently travelling at a speed of 25,000 miles per hour, and during its close flyby, it may attain more speed.