Doomsday as Measured by NASA


Researching the asteroid Apophis after being reminded of it in "Death by Black Hole, and Other Cosmic Quandaries"…The book, in typical sensationalist fashion, along with Wikipedia and most webpages suggest that after passing through a gravitational lens in the Earth-Moon system in 2029, there’s a chance its orbit might be tweaked enough for an impact in 2036. You all might recall the brief flurry of media attention it received a few years back when they first made that prediction; it briefly eclipsed Iraq before being overshadowed once more.

NASA’s page on Apophis is rather succinct, but gives a lot more relevant info…Like the fact that due to so many uncertainties and the fact that the rock still isn’t close enough for us to even know how its spinning, its true mass, and the influence of the other planets and asteroids…The margin of error until the 2029 pass is anything from an impact to over 30 million miles of miss. But the reason I’m even more interested in it is that in 2036, it will either impact or pass by on Easter Sunday of that year. Dear god (GOD! Sorry!!), I can hear the evangelicals already. Speaking of which, I’ve been meaning to watch "Waiting for Armageddon" on Netflix for a little while now. Anyone see that yet? Is it good?

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